When we don’t know if a word refers to one or more, it is common to use a parenthetical s:
- door/doors: door(s)
- lamp/lamps: lamp(s)
What’s the best or least awkward way to render this for words that change their form when pluralizing, such as words ending in -f ?
- shelf/shelves: shelf(ves)?
- dwarf/dwarves: dwarf(ves)?