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Chapter 27. Spelling Ace > Spelling Rules! - Pg. 310

Spelling Ace 310 Author! Author! The Roman alphabet has always been inadequate for the phonetic representation of the English language. For example, we have only five vowels, a, e, i, o, and u, and it's not enough for all the vowel sounds we have. For example, the vowel a can have as many as six different sounds, as in cat, came, calm, any, call, and was . Spelling Rules! By and large, spelling rules work. Okay, so they're not perfect, but what is? Here are some of my favorites: · i before e except after c . · Don't drop or add letters when you add a prefix. · Keep all the letters when you add a suffix, unless the word ends in a y or a silent e . · Don't drop or add letters in compound words. Learning these rules can make it easier for you to spell the words you encounter in your everyday writing tasks, such as letters, notes, and reports. i Before e Except After c ... This rule has been around forever--because it works. i before e except after c or as sounded as a as in neighbor and weigh Here are some commonly used words that follow the rule: i Before e piece chief fierce siege relief achieve believe grief piece shriek yield relieve Except After c receive deceive perceive receive conceive conceit ceiling deceit receipt Sounded as a eight vein weight freight reign neighbor weigh sleigh beige heir surveillance veil In most cases, when the c sounds like sh, the order of the letters is ie, not ei . Words that fit this rule include ancient, efficient, coefficient, conscientious, and prescience.