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    Writing Rules: Forming plurals of Nouns Ending in f or fe

    Thursday, November 12, 2009

    The plurals of nouns ending in f or fe are formed in one of two ways: If the final f sound is still heard in the plural form of the word, add only an s; if the final f sound becomes a v sound, change the f to ve and add s.

    Plural ends with f sound:

    proof - proofs; safe - safes

    Plural ends with v sound:

    shelf - shelves; life - lives

    Plural ends with either sound:

    scarf - scarfs, scarves

    (From Write for Business, page 210, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 22)