Past Tense of Leaf: Leafed or Leaf? (Pronunciation & Usage)

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Leaf?

The past tense of leaf is “leafed”. The verb leaf is classified as a regular [-IR] verb. As a rule, to make the past tense of regular verbs, the ending -ed is added to the end of the word (like glow past tense).

Below are other verb conjugations/verb forms of leaf:

Simple Present He/She/It leafs

I/You/We/They leaf

Present Continuous He/She/It is leafing

I am leafing

You/We/They are leafing

Present Perfect He/She/It has leafed

I/You/We/They have leafed

Present Perfect Continuous He/She/It has been leafing

I/You/We/They have been leafing

Simple Past He/She/It/I/You/We/They leafed
Past Continuous I/He/She/It was leafing

You/We/They were leafing

Past Perfect He/She/It/I/You/We/They had leafed
Past Perfect Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They had been leafing
Simple Future He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall leaf
Future Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall be leafing
Future Perfect He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall have leafed
Future Perfect Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall have been leafing



Form of word 




V1: leaf

/liːf/ /liːf/
V2: leafed /liːft/


V3: leafed



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Definitions And How To Use Leafed?

This English verb has 2 meanings:

Example: Every tree in the countryside will leaf out in spring.

Example: She sat leafing through a new book, looking at squirrels jumping in the branches.

Like any past tense verb, “leafed” can be used to describe the completed action in the recent or distant past.



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Past Tense Of Leaf

Choose the correct verb tense to fill in the blank:

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She just … the book, so she didn't get every detail and development of the story.

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Some plants have to shed all their green leaves in late autumn to adapt to the cold winter. In the spring, they start to …... out again, creating a green landscape of the mountains.

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Last night I …... this book to page 68 and marked it with a book clip.

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Summer is over, autumn is coming, the old leaves begin to turn red and fall off, preparing for the young buds to …... out.

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He's been …... out all the books he's learned this term these days.

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The teams from California had … through all the research material, but still lost the competition.

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The eagle tree in front of my house is probably dying. This spring it does not …... out any buds.

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Your hands are greasy, so don't … through any newspapers because you may cause them to be dirty.

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Did you study all night? I don't know if you've read through that history book but I'm sure you've … through this fashion magazine.

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The roads in Canada in this season are covered with red maple leaves. It will last until midwinter to make room for young green shoots to … out on the tree.

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How To Spell Leafed?

“Leafed” has its phonetic spelling as /lɪ:ft/. You just need to pronounce the word leaf, then add /t/ to the end of the word. Why /t/? Because as follow the -ed rule, when the verb ends in the sound /s/, /f/, /p/, /ʃ/, /tʃ/, /k/, -ed sound is pronounced /t/.

Is Leaf a Noun?

Yes. “Leaf” is also a noun. It’s the green part that is joined to the stem or branch of a plant. Another meaning of leaf is a sheet of paper.


“Leaf” Is a Transitive Or Intransitive Verb?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “leaf” is both a transitive and intransitive verb. It has the same meaning as turning over pages. In addition, the intransitive verb “leaf” also means to shoot out or produce leaves.