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Word level:Spelling conventions and rules
Objective 5: to investigate what happens to words ending in ‘f’ when suffixes are added

Most words ending in f change to ves in the plural.
To make words ending in ff plural, add s.
To make words ending in fe plural, use ves.
Sometimes a ves ending shows that a a word has changed from noun to verb, e.g. belief – believes; grief – grieves; proof – proves.

Write the correct plural form for these nouns in the boxes below, then click "Finished" to see how well you did.

  1. calf
  2. cuff
  3. knife
  4. sniff
  5. half
  6. safe
  7. leaf
  8. puff
  9. life
10. self


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