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(21 Posts)
TheEntWife Wed 10-Feb-16 23:21:14

Would have or would of. Which is correct?

The context is something I said to DSD. I said "if DH had agreed I would have named dd2 Cameron". DSD, with all her 13 years of wisdom is convinced I used incorrect grammar and should have said "I would of named DD2 Cameron".

Personally I think both are correct or at least not wrong but she is utterly convinced I am wrong so I offering it up to you learned people to decide.

TannhauserGate Wed 10-Feb-16 23:22:30

Does she actually know what 'of' means? hmm

IrenetheQuaint Wed 10-Feb-16 23:23:22

Your version is right. She is wrong.

nancy75 Wed 10-Feb-16 23:23:29

Would have is correct. People think would of because when spoken it is often abbreviated to would've which should like would of.

TannhauserGate Wed 10-Feb-16 23:23:54

Wait- you think both are correct? shock

ZiggyFartdust Wed 10-Feb-16 23:24:06

Would have. Would of is categorically wrong but probable arises from a chronic misunderstanding of "would've" which sounds like would of.
Totally wrong though.

ZiggyFartdust Wed 10-Feb-16 23:24:06

Would have. Would of is categorically wrong but probable arises from a chronic misunderstanding of "would've" which sounds like would of.
Totally wrong though.

BiscuitMillionaire Wed 10-Feb-16 23:24:18

'would have named' is correct. 'would of named' is definitely 100% wrong. It's come about because people pronounce would have as would've, and it sounds a bit like would of. But it's still wrong.

BiscuitMillionaire Wed 10-Feb-16 23:25:03

Wow, you pedant dudes are quick!

IguanaTail Wed 10-Feb-16 23:25:13

Would have is the only correct version.

TannhauserGate Wed 10-Feb-16 23:25:31

Cameron is a boy's name too!

UntilTheCowsComeHome Wed 10-Feb-16 23:25:38

If my 14 yo DS thought it was 'would of' I'd have him flogged.

IguanaTail Wed 10-Feb-16 23:25:57

It's also
Could have
Should have
Might have
Will have

DramaAlpaca Wed 10-Feb-16 23:25:59

Agree with all the others.

'Would have' is correct.

'Would of' is always wrong.

IguanaTail Wed 10-Feb-16 23:26:37

Cameron Diaz?

TurnOffTheTv Wed 10-Feb-16 23:27:33

She is 100% wrong. Would have is the correct version.

TurnOffTheTv Wed 10-Feb-16 23:29:24

I've noticed lots of Teens using would of/could of/should of whilst talking but it's obviously wrong.

TheEntWife Wed 10-Feb-16 23:31:35

To be honest my grasp of the technicalities of the English language is casual at best. Her version didn't sound wrong to me but my version didn't sound wrong either. She was just soooo adamant.

Yes Cameron is a boys name in England but I like unisex names. Unfortunately DH didn't agree. I am still slightly bitter. She is nearly 4 years old.

Thank you all for the vindication.

IguanaTail Wed 10-Feb-16 23:34:04

"Have" is a verb. I have seen the film. I would have seen the film.

TurnOffTheTv Wed 10-Feb-16 23:34:41

Well you can go and correct her. Nothing more satisfying than proving a Teen wrong. grin

candykane25 Wed 10-Feb-16 23:36:16

Think about these usages.

Lily of the valley.
Lily have the valley.

Completely different meanings.

I would have eaten the cake. I haven't eaten the cake. We can all have the cake.
Is obviously correct.

I ofn't eaten the cake. We can all of the cake.
Is obviously wrong.

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