Shelf vs. Shelve

This time, we will work on the differences between these two words. Which one is singular and which one is plural? Well, let's go.

"Shelf" vs. "Shelve" in the English Grammar

What Is Their Main Difference?

Both refer to a surface on which we put things. However, 'shelf' is a noun, whereas, 'shelve' is a verb.

Differences

A 'shelf' is a board that we put on the wall and put stuff on it, while, 'shelve' is a verb that refers to putting something on the shelf. Look at the examples below:

Put the books back on the shelf.

The nurse carefully shelved all the syringes.

Similarities

Both are related to shelves. Check out the examples below:

I wanted to put the plates on the shelf.

Jonathon shelved all the cups.

Are They Interchangeable?

'Shelf' is a noun, whereas, 'shelve' is a verb. Therefore, we cannot use them interchangeably. Compare:

✓ You want me to help you put these clothes on the shelf?

X You want me to help you put these clothes on the shelve?

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