9 thoughts on “ie as in friend

  1. Molly

    How about patient and patience? Or is that seen as separate because of the “sh” sound formed by the “ti”?

    1. alison Post author

      Yes, ‘ti’ is the most common way to spell /sh/ in English, thanks to the number of Latin words that have come into English, so I class ‘patient’ and ‘patience’ with ‘motion’ and ‘infectious’.


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