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Starting with HATE, change one letter at a time until you have the word LOVE.

Each change leaves the other letters in their original places and must result in a proper word.

What is the minimum number of steps required to achieve this change?

HATE
....
....
....
LOVE

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Answer:
HATE, HAVE, HIVE, LIVE, LOVE

or

HATE, RATE, ROTE, ROVE, LOVE

or

HATE, DATE, DOTE, DOVE, LOVE

or

HATE, LATE, LANE, LONE, LOVE

or, with less common words

HATE, LATE, LAVE, LOVE

or, with less common words

HATE, HAVE, HOVE, LOVE.

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