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Since there is a rule that states “i” before “e” except after “c”, wouldn’t “science” be spelled wrong?


Asked by jodi205 at 3:10 PM on Jan. 19, 2009 in Just for Fun

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Answers (5)
  • deify, deity, eight, either, foreign, freight, height, heir, neighbor, neither, rein, science, seize, society, sovereign, veil, vein, weight, weird ...I have always heard that rule but also wondered what genius made it up. Is it really a rule if there are so many exceptions? lol

    Answer by But_Mommie at 3:38 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • I'm glad I learned English first!!!!!! Of course I only speak English so that's not saying much really..LOL

    Answer by happy2bme7 at 3:16 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • I suspect that it is because it is two syllables- Sci- ence. If it was saince or sighnce then the rule would hold. Just guessing, though. Don't know much about science books, don't know much about things I took.

    Answer by Bmat at 3:22 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • I before E, except after C... or when sounding like A as in neighbor and weigh..... I'm guessing that the actual pronunciation of the words is "Si - ance".... so the A rule applies??

    Answer by PaceMyself at 3:37 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • The correctly stated grammar rule is as follows: I before E except after C, USUALLY.



    Answer by 3gr8tKids at 3:38 PM on Jan. 19, 2009