Could have and could of - Mixed messages and misused words from A to Z
Color me Cubbies fan. I’ve waved baseball pennants and chanted “Coulda-woulda-shoulda!” and “Maybe next year!” with the Windy City diehards at Wrigley Field more times than I can count.
Repeat after me:
By George, I think we have it. (See? I didn’t say “got.” But that’s another post for another day.)
Consider Adele, in her mega-hit, “Rolling In The Deep.” That’s right. “We could have had it all.” After all, would you rather “have it” or “of it”?
Anything goes, in written dialogue.
A scriptwriter might choose for a character to say, “He could of been here on time. I should of known better than to trust the likes of him. I would of never given him a second glance, if I’d of had any idea. By the time my phone rings again, I will of learned my lesson.”
Ouch! My ears are burning, and I’m not even reading aloud. How about yours? And what does this language tell us about the speaker?
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