If They 'Would Of,'
It's a fairly typical grammar error
to write "would of" when you mean "would have," or its contraction, "would've."
This is probably because you heard it without seeing it in print, before you
knew what contractions were, and recorded the spelling in your memory banks
your own way instead of the right way.
If you would HAVE known about
contractions, you probably COULD'VE gotten it straight from the get-go. But now
what you have is a tough habit that you will have to work a little to break.
They say it takes 25 repetitions of
doing something the correct way to erase a habit of doing it the wrong way.
So sit down with a piece of paper,
and think up 25 sentences in which you use a contraction for "have," and write
it properly, not using the "of" that you think you hear in speech.
I would've come to dinner if I'd had
I should've seen it coming.
I could've bought the right toy.
Keep going until you have 25
sentences. That should've corrected it!
By Susan Darst Williams • www.GoBigEd.com • Grammar Granny
008 • © 2006