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When Should I Put 'Should of' and Would of' ?

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campion Tue 18-Jun-19 16:04:55

I jest.

It could just be that I'm noticing this aberration more often, or that it really is becoming everyday written English (as well as spoken).
If the latter shock

Bluerussian Tue 18-Jun-19 16:07:19

You don't write (or say), "Should of", or "Would of".
It's "Should have" and "Would have".

The 'of' really is an aberration. I saw it on here three or four times on Sunday and was appalled.

usernamepinched Tue 18-Jun-19 16:08:19

You got me, OP!

Fifthtimelucky Tue 18-Jun-19 16:08:20

It was common in the 1960s in my village primary school in the West Country. We just see it written down more often these days, because of social media.

campion Tue 18-Jun-19 16:12:13


BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Tue 18-Jun-19 16:12:24

It’s should/ could have not of. As Blue says it’s actually an abbreviation. I think it can depend on your accent though. With mine it sounds like should/could ‘av rather than of. I realised this (& how my accent must sound) when my, at the time, just 5 yo dc wrote “I shood av gorn to bed at 7 but went at 7:10 insted” blush

Hotchox Tue 18-Jun-19 16:14:50

Grammar standards will tumble over the next few generations. These days loads of what the average person reads will be written by 'normal' folk. Whereas back in the day you'd always be reading stuff written by someone paid to write it - so it would be a higher standard grammatically (and probably edited to correct any mistakes). Constructions like 'would of' will start to creep into professionally written text, as less people understand it to be wrong, so even more people will pick it up. It's been going on for years anyway, previously it was stuff like split infinitives and words changing their meaning etc....

sunshinesupermum Tue 18-Jun-19 16:17:10

should HAVE and would HAVE

Don't schools teach English grammar any more?

UnderPompeii Tue 18-Jun-19 16:18:12

Oh dear OP you should of explained you were only teasingwinkgrin

Spinnaret Tue 18-Jun-19 16:24:38

I assume that several of the responders on this thread did not even read the first two words of the OP, let alone any further. Attention to detail, people.

campion Tue 18-Jun-19 16:27:06

I agree Hotchox but we're all keyboard warriors now, eh?!

You did mean to write fewer,didn't you wink
(Disclaimer: Pedants' Corner)

campion Tue 18-Jun-19 16:29:12

Cheers Spinnaret grin

MerryMarigold Tue 18-Jun-19 16:37:16

This thread is insightful just to show how few people read OPs! Well English grammar is being taught pretty strictly nowadays in school, so not sure. Maybe over the generations it will reverse a bit.

Carrottes Tue 18-Jun-19 16:51:47

Is it because could've and should've sound like could of and should of so people got confused down the line somewhere?
I don't know. It's a pet hate of mine too and I most certainly am not a pedant grin

Bluerussian Tue 18-Jun-19 17:43:54

Another thing that I've heard is, "Bored of", when it should be, 'Bored with'.

MerryMarigold Tue 18-Jun-19 18:09:41

I always say bored of blush

Bluerussian Tue 18-Jun-19 22:55:41

Smack wrists, don't do it again!

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