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Coooeeee Pedants! Leaves Vs leafs.

(8 Posts)
WorzselMummage Thu 09-Jun-11 16:36:50

I frequent a couple of gardening forums and leafs seems to be the most popular way of writing it but it makes my eyes bleed.

It's leaves isn't it?

TrillianWhoIsNotATwat Thu 09-Jun-11 16:37:25

Yes. I think so.

KarenHL Thu 09-Jun-11 16:39:39

Makes my eyes bleed too, along with roofs and knifes. I was always taught that it should be 'ves' when these words are plural.

However, I believe that the convention now is to do 'fs' - not sure which to teach DC so as not to disadvantage exams (although I don't think they do negative marking for spelling any more do they?).

midnightexpress Thu 09-Jun-11 16:44:42

It could be leafs if it's being used as a verb?

ie He leafs through his gardening magazine.

So perhaps a plant might (just about) leaf (ie come into leaf). Maybe. confused

chinateacup Thu 09-Jun-11 16:45:09

Yes

WorzselMummage Thu 09-Jun-11 16:47:56

No no.

"I like the shape of the leafs" is an example.

confused

VictorianIce Thu 09-Jun-11 19:56:15

Foliage ;)

treefiddy Wed 19-Oct-11 20:15:49

Don't use rooves - the plural is roofs. Other ...f words that don't pluralise with ...ves are beliefs, chiefs, dwarfs, gulfs and proofs.

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