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have and of ??

Postby 94BANSHEE » Thu Sep 16, 2004 8:42 pm

hi. is there any difference in meaning between using "have" or "of" in the following situations ??

1.He shouldn't have gone to the party.

2. He shouldn't of gone to the party.


couldn't have vs. couldn't of
mightn't have vs. mightn't of
wouldn't have vs. wouldn't of

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Postby Alan » Fri Sep 17, 2004 10:13 am

The forms with 'of' are all incorrect: the word that sounds like 'of' when spoken is simply a phonetic corruption of 'have'!
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