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‘Wife’ as a noun

Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘Wife’ as a noun.


He did not blame his wife for what was his own fault.

From ‘The Railway Children’, by Edith Nesbit.


I invite you all to come up to the house and visit Mrs Poole’s patient, and my wife!

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


He had the pleasure of being eagerly questioned by his wife and his five daughters at once.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.

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You won’t make a factory look like a house, though you decorate its front and plant rose-bushes all round it.

From ‘Greenmantle’, by John Buchan.

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