Not all English nouns can be made plural only by adding an "s" to the end. These are called irregular plurals. Many words that end in "f", like "leaf", "loaf", and "calf", change their sound when they become plural: "leaves", "loaves", and "calves".
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- Is there a way to know when a word won't follow this rule? For example, a way to automatically know that belief will become beliefs?(13 votes)
- Well, if something has an
feending, it will always change to
ves. If it has an
ffending, then it will always just add
s. If it just has an
fending, you just have to memorize it. Sorry!(3 votes)
- On the quiz words that ended with -ef generally just added an -S when made plural. Is this a rule or are their just some exceptions to the (-F) to (-ves) rule like chef turn to chefs when plural not cheves.(5 votes)
- I wouldn't say it's an ironclad rule; definitely there are plenty of exceptions to the -f to -ves convention. Cliffs, chefs, riffs.
There's a more complicated linguistic explanation to why a final
fsound changes to a
vsound in the plural—I think it's sometimes related to the vowel sounds in the words—but a person can go their whole life speaking English without ever needing to bother with that.(2 votes)
- their is no different between could ,would ,should(4 votes)
- Their is a difference. Could means that you are able to do something, would means there is something preventing you from doing something, and should means you need or want to so something(1 vote)
- in the video we learning that when a noun ends with F it will be pluralize by adding VES, except in "some" rear cases. in the practice part however, half of the examples are words that ends with F and require S to become plural.
is there any rule that can help me distinguish those two different kinds?
BTW sorry for my horrible English(2 votes)
- There is no rule. These are irregulars. If you know how to pronounce them, then the spelling follows. Like "oaf -oafs" or "loaf -> loaves". Apart from knowing them first, you're just out of luck.(3 votes)
- since when is "sadness" a noun!(2 votes)
- Since “sadness” is a concept/idea, it fulfills the definition of a noun: “a person, place, thing, or idea”.(3 votes)
- I want to ask that if leaf becomes leaves than why don't chef become cheves they both have f in the end.(2 votes)
- This likely has to do with how the vowels preceeding the "f" are pronounced. Try this. Find words that rhyme with leaf (google, "rhymes with leaf") and see if, when saying the plurals of those, you naturally make a "v" sound. Then look up "rhymes with chef" and pronounce the plurals of THOSE words and listen to whether or not you pronounce a "v" sound. It's an interesting experiment to do while we're all stuck at home.(2 votes)
- what is the plural of weather? Is weathers a word?(2 votes)
- [Voiceover] Hello grammarians today we're going to be talking about the irregular plural. Previously I had said that if you take any English word, any noun, say the word dog. And you tack an s onto the end of it like so. Boop you get the word dogs and that's how you form the plural in all cases. I was lying sorry, it turns out that English is a little bit more complicated than that. While adding an s to things is the way you usually make things plural, sometimes, there are other changes and sometimes you don't even pluralize using an s at the end. But what we're not going to talk about that now that's for another time. What I wanna talk about today, is the most basic kind of irregular plural, so we have the difference in English between regular and irregular plurals. And remember a plural is when there's more then one of something, it comes from the latin plus. Which means more. As opposed to the singular when there is just one of something. One dog, two dogs. So there is a handful of words in English and it really is a handful, that don't pluralize regularly. Words like leaf and loaf and calf. It's a baby cow. If you try to pluralize these as though they were regular plurals you're gonna return something that is not correct. Or at least is not conventional within modern standard American English right so leafs for example, unless you're talking about the Toronto hockey team, is not correct. In fact, the proper term boop. Is in fact leaves. It is not loafs but loaves. Tasty loaves of bread. It is not calfs but calves. So there are several different kinds of irregular plurals that's why this video is called part one. But I'm only going to cover one such irregular plural today and that is the change from singular f to plural v. So if you see a word, generally that ends in f. The plural is going to become v. You can learn anything David out.