It’s all about how we hear it and, yes, when we speak could have, should have, or would have — ooh, let’s not forget might have — do all sound like __ of. That’s still not a good reason for using the of version. I keep finding this one everywhere I read, so be vigilant and…*smirk*…look better than the rest!
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Burckmyer, 15|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Verb, Conditional Perfect||Doesn’t exist grammatically|
|Past tenses are created using “have”||See “C/M/S/Would
* In spoken English, should have is often contracted to should’ve. This contraction sounds like should of and because of this, native speakers of English sometimes write should of instead of should have. And, they’d be wrong.
* Substitute could, might, or would as required.
|YES||NO to the “Of”|
|If he had told me, I could have taken him off that bus.
They might have arrived now.
You should have asked me first.
If you had asked, I would have lent you my hat rack.
|If he had told me, I could
If you had asked, I would
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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“Mr. Green Jeans” by Charles over at AncienTrails.