Is your brother’s daughter your ‘neice’ or your ‘niece’? Struggling with spelling the word correctly? We’ll go over the correct spelling in this article. Plus, you’ll learn how to use it in a sentence correctly.
Don’t feel like skimming for the answer? Here’s the short answer:
The correct way to spell the word is ‘niece.’ You would never spell it ‘neice.’ That’s ungrammatical and incorrect.
As you just learned, the correct spelling of the word is ‘niece’ and not ‘neice.’
So, if you want to remember the correct spelling of the word, remember the rule: ‘I’ after ‘e’ except after ‘c.’
It rhymes, so it should be pretty easy to memorize. Say it to yourself a few times to help you remember.
It’s the opposite of words like ‘weird’ in that the ‘e’ comes before the ‘I.’ This is what you’d call an exception to the rule. And there are a few of them.
You’ve learned the rule to remember how to spell the word. Now, let’s define the word.
The Merriam-Webster definition of the word is “a daughter of one’s brother, sister, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law.”
The word has Anglo-French, Latin, and Middle-English origins. In Middle English, it’s spelled nece (granddaughter, niece). In Anglo-French, it’s nece or niece. In Latin, it’s neptia from the word neptis.
Its first known use of the word was in the 14th century with the same meaning.
The plural version of the word follows the standard rules for pluralizing English words.
That means you’d pluralize it by adding an ‘s.’
It follows the same example as words like:
Now that you know how to pluralize it let’s look at how to use it in a sentence properly in both forms.
Using the word ‘niece’ in a sentence in both forms can be done by using these examples.
Here’s how you’d use ‘niece’ in a sentence in singular form:
Now, let’s take a look at how you’d use the plural form in a sentence:
To recap, the correct spelling of the word is ‘niece’ and not ‘neice.’
Remember, in this case, the rule ‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’ applies.
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