Word Confusion: Might’a not be a Could’a, Would’a, Should’a

Posted March 4, 2013 by Kathy Davie in Author Resources, Editing, Self-Editing, Word Confusions, Writing

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!

Word Confusions…

…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.

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Could Have
Might Have
Should Have
Would Have
Could Of
Might Of
Should Of
Would Of
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 of have”

* 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”
Examples:
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 of have taken him off that bus.

They might of have arrived now.

You should of have asked me first.

If you had asked, I would of have lent you my hat rack.

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.


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