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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #91804: Plural: Nouns ending in -ff, -f, -fe
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    Plural: Nouns ending in -ff, -f, -fe

     Plural: words ending in -ff, -f, -fe


     Buff  Cliff  Cuff  Dandruff  Distaff
     Muff  Earmuff  Handcuff Knockoff 
       cerono vs corona

     Add an 's'. Same rule for words ending in -ffe.
     Sheriffs                          Giraffes

    Words ending in -f / -fe
    Either add: an 's'
                              OR : 'f' becomes 'v'

    + '-s'
     Gulf, gulfs  Reef, reefs  Roof, roof Safe, safe
     Belief, beliefs  Brief, briefs  Chief, chiefs  Proof, proofs

    + -ves
    Calf, calves Half, halves Knife, knives Leaf, leaves Life, lives 
    Loaf, loaves (of bread)
    Shelf, shelves Thief, thieves Wife, wives Wolf,wolves 


    Both forms
    Dwarf, dwarfs or dwarves Handkerchief (s or ves Hoof ,hoofs or hooves Scarf, scarfs or scarves Wharf, wharfs or wharves 


     NB :

    Compound words
     wife => wives housewife => housewives   
     midwife => midwives 
     knife => knives penknife => penknives  
     pocketknife => pocketknives  
     shelf => shelves bookshelf => bookshelves    wolf => wolves werewolf => werewolves   


    Family names/ Surnames: the Smiths.
    the Wolfs

    one elf, two elves


                   Exercise: write the plural of the words in brackets.

    If there are 2 possible plural forms for a word, choose the solution '/' with the 2 words.

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      1.   During the night, two (thief)  broke into a sweet shop and stole a candy cane.

      2.  Planting on (roof)  and walls began in Europe. It is now becoming popular all over the world.

       3.  Snow White hides among the (dwarf) . But the Queen finds her and gives her a poisoned apple.

       4. Do (wolf)  really howl at the moon? Scientists say that it's just a myth.

        5.  Everybody has the right to have their own (belief) . In Scotland some people believe in haunted castles.

         6.  Our brain is made up of two (half) : a left brain and a right brain.
            The left side of our body is wired to the right side of our brain and vice versa.

    7.  Blue whale (calf)  can weigh as much as 8 tons, making them the largest newborns in the world. 

                 8.  Clownfish always live near anemones in coral (reef) .
    They are immune from  the stinging tentacles.


      9.  Like our fingernails, horse (hoof)  grow continuously.
           They need to be trimmed every six to eight weeks by a farrier.

        10. For her birthday, Suzan would like one of those fashionable (scarf) . She loves them a lot. 

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