Now, I've decided to tell you about the multigraph 'ie'. Still interested in learning more about the different multigraphs in the English language?

English Multigraph "ie"

'ie' is a digraph that we are going to talk about its sound(s) here.

Digraphs are a set of two letters that stand together and produce a new sound.

Digraph ie
Name ie (pronounced /ˈaɪ ˈiː/
Sound(s) /iː/, /aɪ/

The Digraph 'ie'

Sound 1: /iː/

If 'ie' stands in the middle of words, it always sounds /iː/:

believe /bɪˈliːv/

achieve /əˈtʃiːv/

brief /briːf/

Tip

Keep in mind that if 'ie' stands at the end of a word, it sounds /i/, the short /i/ sound:

calorie /ˈkæl.ər.i/

cookie /ˈkʊki/

sweetie /ˈswiː.t̬i/

Sound 2: /aɪ/

'ie' sounds /aɪ/ when it comes at the end of words:

pie /paɪ/

tie /taɪ/

lie /laɪ/

die /daɪ/

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