Re: CHAT: which's
|From:||Muke Tever <mktvr@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, February 26, 2003, 15:58|
From: "Tristan" <kesuari@...>
> > OTOH something like
> > "wouldn't've", also reflecting the usual pronunciation [wUdn=t@v]-- might
> > well occur in a novel or story that was trying to indicate colloquial or
> > relaxed speech ("wouldn't of..." would be an alternative writing but
> > probably wouldn't get past a good editor).
> Or even a bad one. I doubt they could be called an editor if they let
> that through.
I have seen <of> forms in print... Terry Pratchett's books use standard <have>
forms generally, but <of> forms appear sometimes in the speech of uneducated
I always thought <of> forms were just spelling errors, until I met someone who
insisted that the word was <of> (presumably on the analogy of other verb +
preposition combinations), so this use isnt entirely farfetched.