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Is the plural of roof, roofs or rooves?

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overtherainbow Tue 19-Jun-07 21:12:58

My DD(6) came home with her spellings today - she has to change the list of nouns into plurals. They are for example: elf, roof, branch, stitch. I thought 1 roof = roof, more than 1 = roofs. Am I wrong?

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bramblina Tue 19-Jun-07 21:14:19

I think anything ending in f becomes ves. Like leaf, leaves.

bramblina Tue 19-Jun-07 21:14:42

elf, elves.

bramblina Tue 19-Jun-07 21:15:50

It's definitely rooves and elves but as for the rule, not sure if everything ends that way.

ahundredtimes Tue 19-Jun-07 21:16:03

Yes is roofs, pronounced rooves, but spelt roofs.

slayerette Tue 19-Jun-07 21:16:16

No, just checked in dictionary and it's roofs.

slayerette Tue 19-Jun-07 21:16:50

X-post, ahundredtimes!

wombat2 Tue 19-Jun-07 21:16:51

I thought it was roofs...

Desiderata Tue 19-Jun-07 21:17:20

That's a 'very' interesting question.

When I was young (a long time ago), the plural of roof was rooves.

And yet, I haven't seen it spelt like that for ages. I have actually seen 'roofs' being used in lots of children's books lately, and I'm wondering whether it's changed.

I suspect that both are applicable, but that the school will take 'a certain line' which, of course, will be the correct one

The OED is your only recourse!

Pruners Tue 19-Jun-07 21:17:21

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wombat2 Tue 19-Jun-07 21:17:22

Same - much too slow!

Pixiefish Tue 19-Jun-07 21:17:31


SenoraPostrophe Tue 19-Jun-07 21:17:32

both are correct. I believe roofs is a more recent version though but it's def OK.

not all things that end in f have a v plural. proof > proofs etc

NormaSnorks Tue 19-Jun-07 21:17:35

NO! It's Roofs, but elves.

Check if you're not convinced!

CristinaTheAstonishing Tue 19-Jun-07 21:18:09

roofs but wolves

eucalyptus Tue 19-Jun-07 21:18:14

I think roofs is the exception though?

wheresthehamster Tue 19-Jun-07 21:18:22

And yet hoof/hooves.

SenoraPostrophe Tue 19-Jun-07 21:18:32 is US though. think rooves might be the UK version.

UCM Tue 19-Jun-07 21:18:53

elves roofs branches stitches

MorningtonCrescent Tue 19-Jun-07 21:18:55


SenoraPostrophe Tue 19-Jun-07 21:19:32

chuff chuffs

AttilaTheMum Tue 19-Jun-07 21:20:08

Chamber's dictionary also says roofs. It was roofs when I was young too. (and I'm nearly 10 years older than Desi......)

UCM Tue 19-Jun-07 21:21:09

Roofs doesn't look right, I agree.

Will consult the Oxford Wordfinder

it says

pl. roofs or disp. rooves

So what the fuck does disp. mean??

Pruners Tue 19-Jun-07 21:21:13

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Pruners Tue 19-Jun-07 21:21:29

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