Leafs vs Leaves – What Is The Plural Of Leaf?
You are wondering what the plural of “leaf” is, aren’t you? Is it “leafs” or “leaves”? Well, if that’s the case, we will help you find the correct answer through this writing!
For the very first part of this article, we want to ask you this question: Which sentence is grammatically is correct between 2 phrases “spring is coming and the first green leaves begin to appear” and “spring is coming and the first green leafs begin to appear”?
Well, as you can see, the only difference between these 2 sentences arises from the words “leaves” and “leafs”. The word “leaf” in this case is a noun and in plural form, so in order to choose the right answer, you need to know which one is the plural of “leaf” between “leaves” vs “leafs”. Do you have your answer? That’s so great if you already knowit. But if you’re still not sure about your choice, that’s fine because right below here we are going to tell you the answer and explanation to this question. Let’s keep reading on!
Leafs vs Leaves and plural form of Leaf
We all know that to have aplural in English, we just need to add letters “s” or “es” at the end of a noun. So, applying thatrule in this case, we will have “leafs”, right? But “leafs” is the wrong choice. Why? Because “leafs” isn’t the plural noun of “leaf”.
The standard rule for pluralization mentioned above can be applied to only regular nouns. In fact, there are hundreds of nouns not following that rule, including the word “Leaf”. In English, all of these words are called as irregular plural nouns as they always have their own form of plurals without sticking to any pluralization rules. Hence, if you want to use these plurals correctly, then the one and only way is to memorize all of them.
As an irregular plural, when you want to pluralize the noun “Leaf”, let’s use “leaves”, such as many leaves, a lot of leaves, and so on. So, for the question that we ask you in the introduction of this writing, the correct answer issure to be “spring is coming and the first green leaves begin to appear”.
Does the word Leafs really exist?
If “leaves” is the plural of “leaf”, then the word “leafs” does or doesn’t exist? Well, of course, it does but just in special cases such as when you want to mention to the name of Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team. Next, let’s continue our article by listing some common irregular plural nouns English.
Common irregular plural nouns
In addition to “leaves”, there are many other irregular plural nouns in English that are quite hard for us to memorize. Due to that, we sometimes or even quite often use them incorrectly in the sentences. Let’s check out the list of common English irregular plural nouns right below here to see whether you’ve remembered all of them or not.
- –F becoming –ves: leaf – leaves, calf – calves, loaf – loaves, wife – wives, wolf – wolves, …
- –Is becoming –es: analysis – analyses, thesis – theses, axis – axes, crisis – crises, parenthesis – parentheses, …
- –Ix becoming –ices: appendix – appendices, matrix – matrices, index – indices.
- Changing vowel sounds: foot – feet, man – men, woman – women, goose – geese, tooth – teeth, …
- Unchanged plurals: deer – deer, sheep – sheep, species – species, …
After this article, we wish that from now on, you will never be mistaken about the plural form of “leaf” for sure. It’s “leaves”, not “leafs” – quite simple to remember, right? We also hope that through this lesson, you also acquire the necessary knowledge of plural nouns in general and irregular plural nouns in English in particular.