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Could of, would of and should of...

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pictish · 10/07/2017 13:22


could have
would have
should have

It's past's stating what you could have done, would have done or should havedone. Could've, should've, would've are actual contractions of those terms...they're in the dictionary and everything!

It's not could'f, would'f or should'f is it?
'Of' makes no fucking sense! Stop using it!

I'm not generally one for the grammar pedantry but this one makes people look thick in a way that other common grammar mistakes don't imo.

Sorry...but I felt the need to express. Boot me about if you want.

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toolonglurking · 10/07/2017 13:23

Totally agree!! It's so irritating!!


ProudBadMum · 10/07/2017 13:23

I would of booted you about but I'd rather not



MissionItsPossible · 10/07/2017 13:24

You could of picked a better title for the thread


Hissy · 10/07/2017 13:24

there there, you have found your people. more will come.

anonymice · 10/07/2017 13:24


GraceGrape · 10/07/2017 13:25

People get confused because of the pronunciation of could've, would've, should've (as I have had to explain to my KS2 class many, many, many times). If they thought about it though, it would make no sense.


SnowiestMountain · 10/07/2017 13:25

I couldn't agree with you more and don't even get me started with of instead of off as in 'I'm of work today' or 'on route' AngryAngryAngry


DramaAlpaca · 10/07/2017 13:25

I completely agree, it's annoying.

You're brave posting this in AIBU, I'd have had a quiet rant in Pedants' Corner myself Grin


VladmirsPoutine · 10/07/2017 13:26

I agree. This will make me sound like a bitch but I genuinely think it makes posters sound thick when they use those terms in a way which is different from a typical grammar / spelling error.


RinonaWyder · 10/07/2017 13:26

Hear hear! I reply to customer letters in my job and the grammar mistakes I see every day are awful! Even worse are the ones who write in one long sentence, no punctuation or paragraphs or anything. They make my brain hurt.


BeyondDrinksAndKnowsThings · 10/07/2017 13:27

Here here



IloveBanff · 10/07/2017 13:28

The thing is, this never gets through to the people who do it. For example, if someone on a thread continually types 'of' when it should be 'have' or 've' and several people point out their mistake, they never take any notice at all and just carry on doing it. It's odd to me as it seems to be a complete blind spot.


nina2b · 10/07/2017 13:28

You need to reign in your irritation...


MissionItsPossible · 10/07/2017 13:28

Seems like a lot of people get angry about spelling mistakes going by this thread. It's a real loose-loose situation.


pictish · 10/07/2017 13:29


But I'm right in that it stands out much more than other common grammar mistakes though doesn't it? Possibly because there is no need for it at all. Spelling mistakes and other grammar slip what? Easily done!

This one is just thoughtless and looks awful.

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nina2b · 10/07/2017 13:29

Maybe stick it in a chest of draws.


nina2b · 10/07/2017 13:30

Or in a Chester draws if a chest of draws is not available?


pictish · 10/07/2017 13:31

I know that someone will come along soon to chide me about dyslexia, so here is my dyslexia disclaimer in advance. I understand it's not that simple for people with dyslexia.
But the rest of you - no excuses.

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pictish · 10/07/2017 13:33

Vladmirs - it does make the writer seem thick, more so than other grammar mistakes. I don't know why but it just does.

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MilkTrayLimeBarrel · 10/07/2017 13:33

So agree with you! What annoys me most is misuse of 'stood', 'sat' and 'laying'. I hate to read 'He was stood there' instead of standing, 'I was sat in the cafe' instead of sitting, and worst of all ' he was laying there' instead of lying. Why can't people get this basic English? Makes me cringe!


GemmaB78 · 10/07/2017 13:34

I'm a proofreader. You can imagine the levels of twitching that some threads cause me......


Onesunnydayiniceland · 10/07/2017 13:35



HeartsTrumpDiamonds · 10/07/2017 13:36

Gah I could not agree more. I hate it so much!


Laiste · 10/07/2017 13:37


It's the obsession with 'myself' which is getting to me at the moment. What happened to good old 'me'?

''Myself and my husband wish to complain bla bla bla''.

It doesn't make your sentence sound more important or official - it makes you sound daft.


SenecaFalls · 10/07/2017 13:37

For example, if someone on a thread continually types 'of' when it should be 'have' or 've' and several people point out their mistake, they never take any notice at all and just carry on doing it.

Maybe they ignore it because they don't want to call attention to the rudeness of the people correcting them.

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