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Should have or should of?

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HeyJude07 Thu 16-Oct-08 15:12:24

Because I have no idea.

Sorry if this has been done before.

MorticiaDoom Thu 16-Oct-08 15:13:12

Should have.

MorticiaAnnSpookington Thu 16-Oct-08 15:13:20

should have

HeyJude07 Thu 16-Oct-08 15:14:04

Thanks, embarrasingly I tend to use should of more.

FCH Thu 16-Oct-08 15:14:33

Should have. Should is an auxiliary and requires a verb to follow. Of is not a verb!

Habbibu Thu 16-Oct-08 15:19:15

Think "of" is a misunderstanding of the contracted form "should've". that said, I think Keats used "should of"!

littlewhitebull Thu 16-Oct-08 20:31:51

Try taking the should out if you're doubting yourself.

I.e. "I should have/of cleaned the car."


"I have/of cleaned the car."

Since I don't believe I've ever heard someone say "I of cleaned the car" I think it's possibly a good way to remember

ScareyBitchFeast Thu 16-Oct-08 20:34:36

shoudl have,
there are so many should of s on mumsnet it is so annoying,
and otehrs,
fed up of for example

Habbibu Thu 16-Oct-08 20:48:29

"fed up of"? Not sure what's wrong with that...

ScareyBitchFeast Thu 16-Oct-08 20:49:40

fed up with it should be
i am fed up with this house,
not not fed up of this house for example.

MintChocAddict Thu 16-Oct-08 20:50:13

should have
fed up with?

Habbibu Thu 16-Oct-08 20:51:30

But what about "I'm fed up of having to clean up after you?". I don't have a problem with that - maybe a regional variant?

MintChocAddict Thu 16-Oct-08 20:51:41

Cross post ScareyBitchFeast
Was fairly sure it was fed up with hence the ?

Lauriefairycake Thu 16-Oct-08 20:53:04

it's "i'm fed up with having to clean up after you"

it doesn't change

midnightexpress Thu 16-Oct-08 20:53:26

Nope, I'm with habbibu on this one. 'Fed up of' is accceptable too.

And my dictionary agrees.

tissy Thu 16-Oct-08 20:55:37

should have

fed up with

Habbibu Thu 16-Oct-08 20:57:05

Looks like it may be a modern variant - see here!

Flamesparrow Thu 16-Oct-08 20:57:17

Should have, or Should've. Never should of.

prefer fed up with, but i may do of, I have no idea

Cadmum Thu 16-Oct-08 20:58:07

Should have.

Habbibu Thu 16-Oct-08 20:58:27

I think I do both, tbh.

Twelvelegs Thu 16-Oct-08 21:03:39

Oooh, Should have, would have, could have!!
Fed up with/of I use both.....mmmm.
However in the west country we say snow pitches, not settles.

midnightexpress Thu 16-Oct-08 21:04:24

Just had a look at my mega-corpus; 'fed up of' has 18 pages of citations, 'fed up with' has 300ish pages. So 'fed up with' the standard form, but 'fed up of' perfectly acceptable.

Unlike should of which is plain wrong, ungrammatical nonsense.

Like Dr Wordsmith though habbibu - never seen that before.

Habbibu Thu 16-Oct-08 21:06:09

Just looked at OED - originally: Slang phr. to be fed up: to be surfeited or disgusted (with), bored or tired to breaking-point. So fed-up a. Also with emphasizing expressions, as fed to the (back) teeth, fed to death. Also without up.

So it's quite interesting - you can say "fed up with" - meaning full to the brim, stuffed, had too much of - yet we say "full of beans", using "of" in a similar way. One of the joyous inconsistencies of English.

pofaced Thu 16-Oct-08 21:08:33

Any takers for:

Fed up by your behaviour?

Fed up at having to clean up after you?

And of couse should have/ should've...

Habbibu Thu 16-Oct-08 21:12:26

I'm thinking that as "fed up" is slang anyway there is <whispers> no point in being pedantic about it. Also interesting in OED def. is that it was quite often used without the "up", viz:
1921 WODEHOUSE Indiscretions of Archie i. 11 I've never done anything much in England, and I fancy the family were getting a bit fed.

1922 A. S. M. HUTCHINSON This Freedom IV. iv. 293 Oh, those sickening scarves and things, they were eternally knitting, that wasn't war work. It was fun at first. They were fed to death with doing them now.

1928 Strand Mag. July 4 Her aspect was that of a girl who is fed to the teeth.

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