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should of/should have

From:Damon M. Lord <lorddm@...>
Date:Friday, September 14, 2001, 1:59
On 14 Sep 2001, at 0:01, Michael Poxon wrote:

> Dear BPJ > > 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. My kids (13 and 16) consider > this perfect grammatical.
I had a right telling off from my history teacher when I was eleven for writing in an essay "should of". I didn't know the difference at the time, and thought this was perfectly fine. - Not so much out of my tree, as driving away from the orchard at high speed. - Damon M. Lord Languages Student