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Change f to ve

When we add s to most words ending in a single f we change the f to ve .

half
Noah ate half the cake.
halves
Both halves of the game were exciting.
leaf
The leaf fell from the tree.
leaves
The leaves are turning red and brown.
loaf
I love the smell of a freshly baked loaf.
loaves
I baked six loaves yesterday.
knife
The knife is made of stainless steel.
knives
Fishermen's knives need to be very sharp.
life
It was the happiest day of my life.
lives
A cat is said to have nine lives.
shelf
The higher shelf is out of my reach.
shelves
We need four new shelves for the books.
thief
A thief seized my mother's purse.
thieves
The thieves took the television and the computer.
wife
He gave his wife a gold brooch.
wives
King Henry VIII had six wives.
wolf
The hikers heard a wolf howling in the night.
wolves
We could hear the wolves howling.
yourself
Be careful not to burn yourself on the candle.
yourselves
You need to work it out yourselves.

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Learn about these words in Unit 9. Suffixes: why we need to double letters, change them, or drop 'e'

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