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i before e except after c, except...
Following on from our last post Lies your English teacher told you, here is another “rule” you should ignore: i before e except after c.
The rule applies to words where the letter combination is pronounced as ee, such as receive and ceiling. But what about words in which the letters are pronounced differently, such as science and efficient? Or words that don't include the letter c or ee sound, such as beige and neighbour?
Lies your English teacher told you
Lie #1: Never split an infinitive.
An infinitive is the basic form of a verb (for example, to run or to write). Infinitives are split when an adverb is placed between the two words. A famous example is Captain Kirk’s “…to boldly go where no man has gone before”. It’s important to listen to the flow of your sentence when considering whether or not to split infinitives. Sometimes the adverb needs emphasis, or it just wouldn’t work anywhere else in the sentence. But never split infinitives if it could cause confusion or alter the sentence's meaning.