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What is the difference between Could of, Would of, Should of?

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asked on 21 Jan 2011
William Weeks William Weeks
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Please don’t do this: I should of gone to the baseball game, and I could of, if Billy would of done his job. This is correct: I should have gone to the baseball game, and could have, if Billy had done his job.

Why do people make this mistake.They could’ve, should’ve, would’ve been correct, except that the ending of those contractions is slurred when spoken. This creates something similar to a homophone, i.e., a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning, e.g., of, which results in the common grammatical mistake of substituting of for have.

answered on 21 Jan 2011
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