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Re: *could of

From:SuomenkieliMaa <suomenkieli@...>
Date:Saturday, September 15, 2001, 10:17
--- James Campbell <james@...> wrote:
> Mike Poxon eskrE» > > Something I've noticed very much recently, > certainly in British English; > not > > 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 > should > > of!" instead of "You should have" and so on.
Definitely in American (at least, Mid-western) English too!!
> 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.
I'm only 26 y/o, but I can confirm that as recently as 15 years ago, there were teachers correcting it! Matt33 __________________________________________________ Terrorist Attacks on U.S. - How can you help? Donate cash, emergency relief information