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What is the plural form of roof - roofs or rooves?

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2010-10-11 11:36:46

1. The plural of roof is roofs or rooves. "Rooves"

is an older form of the word and rarely used these days. Australian

children right up to the 1980s, for example, were brought up with

the word "rooves" rather than roofs, and it is still an accepted

form in Australia today (though uncommon). Also, despite New

Zealand English developing from UK English, it should be noted that

in NZ, the plural of roof is rooves, in both its written and

spoken form.

2. The accepted plural is "roofs". The Oxford English Dictionary

lists "rooves" as an alternate, one of several outdated spellings

used in the UK, and in New England as late as the 19th century.


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