Eight (ā) thieves (ē) tried (ī) to deceive (ē).
You may have heard this saying: i before e, except after c, and when sounding like a, as in neighbor and weigh. This is a guideline where there are quite a few exceptions: i before e, unless foreign scientist Keith leisurely seizes caffeine from feisty atheists.
Generally speaking, i before e (as in thief and tried)
except after c (as in deceive)
or when sounding like a, as in neighbor or weigh (and eight)
This is just one of the ways that vowels can vary. Practice with the I before E is Weird set of worksheets, available at the Super Tutor Tools store at Teachers Pay Teachers.
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