Should I use Lifes or Lives? Here’s the plural of Life

We come to visit a new plural form today, and one that we use quite frequently but is still easily confused. So, let’s take a look at the plural of “life” and whether it’s “lifes” or “lives.” Thankfully, it’s not that difficult once you know a few things about it, and we’ll try and help you understand it a little more.

Is Lifes Or Lives The Plural Of Life?

The plural of “life” is “lives” and is the only way to say it in plural form. “Lifes” is completely incorrect and should not be used. If you need to mention the plural of “life” at all, it is always “lives.” Of course, “lives” is both a noun and a verb, but we’ll get to that and how to differentiate shortly.

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Is It Ever Correct To Use Lifes?

Simply put, no, “lifes” is never an acceptable way to write the plural form of “life.” A rule in the English language says that any word that ends in “f” “fe” can only be pluralized by turning into “ves.” Basically, any word ends with an “f” sound turns into a “ves” plural. This makes it an irregular plural form, but it’s the only way you’re able to say “life” as a plural.

If you need further clarification, remember these words:

Wife – Wives

Knife – Knives

Life – Lives

How To Remember If It Is Lifes Or Lives

So, the best way to remember whether you should say “lifes” or “lives” is to remember the rule about the letter “f.” If the word ends in “f” or “fe,” then you know that you need to add the “v” into the plural form (if it helps, remember any words that end with the “f” sound, and you should be covered).

“Lives” As A Noun AND A Verb

One of the more confusing points about “lives” as plural is that it looks on paper exactly like the verb “to live.” They are pronounced differently, but when written down, they’re almost indistinguishable. You’ll need to pay attention to the context to understand whether it’s the noun or the verb being used.

For reference, the plural noun of “lives” uses a hard “i” sound, like that in “knife” or “wife.” However, the verb form “lives” uses a softer “i” sound, like that in “give” or “fish.” So, if you’re struggling to tell them apart, just saying them in your head or aloud, and you might figure out which one is being used.

General Confusions About Lifes Or Lives

As we’ve mentioned, the biggest confusions come from the usual pluralization rules of the English language. Most of the time, you can get away with adding an “s” to the end of a word and turn it into plural form. However, “life” is one of the exceptions that show you can’t simply add an “s” and expect it to work just fine still. It’s something many people struggle with, but it’s easy to remedy if you focus on your language rules.

Should I Use Their Lives Or Their Life?

The correct way to say “their lives” or “their life” is actually both ways. It depends on how you’re using the word “their.” You’ll use “their” as a plural, which refers to two people most of the time. In this instance, you’ll need to say “their lives,” as you’re referring to two (or more) people at once, so you need the plural form of “life” as well.

However, if you’re using “their” in the singular to refer to one person, then you need to say “their life.” Since one person can only have one life, you have to use both words in the singular form to make sense. We’ll quickly include some examples to show you off the different ways you can use “their lives” or “their life.”

  • Their lives are at stake.
  • Their lives are important too.
  • Their life matters.

Should I Use Our Life Or Our Lives?

What about “our life” or “our lives,” then? Does the same rule apply here, as we mentioned above? Not this time, no! This time, you can only use “our” to refer to more than one person. However, that doesn’t always mean it’s strictly one over the other. The most common way to say it with “our” would be “our lives,” as you’re referring to more than one person, so you’ll need the plural of “life” too.

However, there is one notable exception that might change this. If you’re using “our” to talk about a partnership or relationship, you’ve now grouped the two (or more) people into one singular group. If this is the case, “our life” is possible. You can still use “our lives” in any situation, but “our life” only works in this one particular situation.

  • Our lives haven’t been the same since.
  • We got away with our lives.
  • Our life together is wonderful.

Should I Use Everyone’s Life Or Everyone’s Lives?

Now we get to a new variation. This time, we’re talking about “everyone,” which is a singular word. Even though “everyone” always refers to multiple people, it’s never a plural in itself. For this reason, you use it in the possessive form (“everyone’s”) and need to use the singular form of “life” too. “Everyone’s life” is the only way you can say this one. “Everyone’s lives” simply doesn’t work.

  • Everyone’s life is important.
  • Everyone’s life is at risk if you do that.
  • We should care about everyone’s life equally.

Should I Use People’s Life Or People’s Lives?

Finally, we come to the last variation that is used. This one is on the opposite end of the spectrum to “everyone’s lives” because “people” is strictly a plural word. Since “people” is plural, you can only use the plural form of “life” alongside it if you want to use it. Therefore, “people’s lives” is the only way you can say this phrase.

  • People’s lives are important to this company.
  • You can’t take people’s lives from them.
  • People’s lives are at stake.