Thursday, July 10, 2008

Repeat Rant, but I Can't Help Myself

(Pardon the CAPSLOCK OF RAGE.)

Ahem.

IT IS NOT "COULD OF."


COULD'VE IS A CONTRACTION OF COULD HAVE.  AS IN, "I COULD HAVE GONE TO THE STORE BEFORE WORK IF I HADN'T SLEPT TOO LATE."


IT IS NOT "COULD OF."


IT IS NOT "SHOULD OF."


IT IS NOT "WOULD OF."


HAVE HAVE HAVE HAVE HAVE HAVE HAVE.


IT IS COULD HAVE (OR COULD'VE), WOULD HAVE (OR WOULD'VE), AND SHOULD HAVE (OR SHOULD'VE).


*headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk*

*relieved sigh*

4 comments:

Mz. Cat said...

I had an college prof work it into our thick skulls. I still have to think before I write could have. This issue may be it sounds to much like could of, it confuses the best of us.

SpooWriter said...

For me, it was Mrs. Sylwester, who had I had for 3rd and 4th grade (small, small school).

She insisted on the correct usage of then/than, there/their/they're, your/you're...all of it.

And she made us call her "ma'am," as in "yes, ma'am," or "no, ma'am."

She was one of the best teachers I ever had.

Amie said...

I loved Mrs. Sylwester too. But I may be guilty of could of. I'm just saying there's a small possibilty...

SpooWriter said...

I type very fast and my fingers have certain patterns ingrained...so I'm very guilty of "withing" for within because in always triggers a g.