By changing only one letter at a time, in how many steps can you change the word HATE into LOVE?
For example, to change BLUE into TREE, you could use 4 steps:
BLUE → FLUE → FLEE → FREE → TREE
Now change HATE into LOVE.
I can do it in 5 steps:
HATE → MATE → MALE → MOLE → MOVE → LOVE
or in 4 steps:
HATE → HAVE → HIVE → LIVE → LOVE
Can you do it in fewer steps? [ YES!! See below!!]
If only changing hate into love were so easy in real life. *sigh*
UPDATE: There’s a name for this! I didn’t know! They’re called doublets, created by Lewis Carroll, that Alice in Wonderland author. And to change HATE to LOVE in 3 steps, you could do:
HATE → HAVE → LAVE → LOVE
or you could do:
HATE → HAVE → HOVE → LOVE
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