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From:James Campbell <james@...>
Date:Friday, September 14, 2001, 8:30
Mike Poxon eskrë »

> Something I've noticed very much recently, certainly in British English;
> just sound change, but syntactic change too. The ending /schwa+v/ found in > "could've", "should've" etc., is being interpreted as "of" instead of a > contraction of "have", and the emphatic response articulated as "You
> of!" instead of "You should have" and so on. My kids (13 and 16) consider > this perfect grammatical.
Well, I can confirm that this was around 25 years ago... I *vividly* recall writing "would of" instead of "would have" in a little story at school when I was six, maybe seven. The red pen marks of correction are still burnt on my retina. I never ever ever did it again. But it's true, many young people use "of" in the emphatic. Maybe they aren't corrected by their teachers any more. James ========================================================================= James Campbell Zeugma--Our Life Is Design Sponsored by -- for all your household blithery requirements =========================================================================


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