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Irregular F Plurals

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What I call irregular F plurals are nouns that end in the /f/ sound and are irregular plurals. Words like leaf, wife, and wolf. Not all nouns that end in /f/ are irregular plurals, however. Words like gulf, turf, and clef are regular plurals. Regular plurals in English simply add an S to the noun. Boy become boys, girl becomes girls, and lesson becomes lessons. Irregular plurals don’t do this. Some words that end in the /f/ sound, form the plural using ves. Of the irregular F plurals, leaf becomes leaves, knife becomes knives, and wolf becomes wolves. Notice that knife ends in FE but has the /f/ sound.

What I call irregular F plurals are nouns that end in the /f/ sound and are irregular plurals. Words like leaf, wife, and wolf. Not all nouns that end in /f/ are irregular plurals, however. Words like gulf, turf, and clef are regular plurals. wolf but wolves. The chiefs said their handkerchieves or handkerchiefs were dirty. The dwarves/dwarfs making swords produced a lot of swarf . Two halves don't make a hole , but they do make a whole . The sound of hooves/hoofs echoed under the roofs of the stables. Knives take a lot of lives in England these days. I've looked at a few Nissan Leafs in the leaves this autumn. Some thieves have stolen some scarves/scarfs from the shelves . Some wives think only of themselves and not of their husbands. Security is high because thieves prowl the wharves/wharfs like wolves.

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