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Plural of roof

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GreatBritishBakeOff Fri 30-Dec-16 08:54:11

I like to think of myself as quite well educated, and reasonably good with grammar.

But I have just found (while researching to prove the error of someone else's ways) that the officially accepted plural of roof is roofs not rooves, as I was taught as a child. confused

Has anyone else come across this? Am I going mad? Everywhere I look, it's like the word "rooves" is being wiped from history or something!

Surely it should work the same as hoof?

Whatslovegottodo Fri 30-Dec-16 08:56:06

It is not wrong, just not popular.

Whatslovegottodo Fri 30-Dec-16 08:58:04

michcommunication.com/english-evolution-from-rooves-to-roofs/

Interesting read. Well it was for me!grin

BitOutOfPractice Fri 30-Dec-16 09:19:45

Lots of words evolve like this though don't they? Like the past participle of "to dive" is changing from dove to dived. I think blush

Footle Mon 23-Jan-17 07:49:58

I thought rooves and dove were US usage.

Bundao Mon 23-Jan-17 07:59:41

Rooves looks wrong. I'm not particularly bothered about spellings, as I've always struggled with spelling. But roofs looks and sounds right to me confused

ExitPursuedBySpartacus Mon 23-Jan-17 08:05:51

It is still hooves not hoofs in the equine world.

raspberrysuicide Tue 24-Jan-17 19:32:58

I was definitely taught Rooves as the plural of roof at school.
There was a house near me called red roofs and I'd chuckle to myself that their house name was spelled incorrectly.
Except it seems that they were right after all !
And yes to hoof and hooves

BlackeyedSusan Mon 03-Apr-17 18:08:35

We were taught that the plural was roofs.

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