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    Default When -f(e) is changed into the plural

    Is there any rule telling us how to change words ending with -f(e) into -fs or -ves?

    For example, sometimes we can only add "s" to the following words ending with -f or -fe:beliefs, briefs, coifs, carafes, giraffes, safes, roofs.

    However, sometimes we have to change the following words ending with -f or -fe into -ves: knife > knives, shelf > shelves, leaf > leaves, wolf > wolves, behalf > behalves, calf > calves, loaf > loaves, thief > thieves, wife > wives.

    Other than rote-learning, are there any other ways to help memorise all these tricky words?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: When -f(e) is changed into the plural

    Not really.

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    Default Re: When -f(e) is changed into the plural

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Not really.
    Uoop~ What a pity!

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    Default Re: When -f(e) is changed into the plural

    I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

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