04 June 2011

“Would of” and “could of” do not exist

Would of, could of, should of, might of = Wrong

Would have, could have, should have, might have = Right

A lot of people get tricked because in spoken English, “have” is either pronounced as “of” or the words are contracted so that “would have” becomes “would’ve.” But that last part is still a shortened version of the word “have” rather than an actual “of.” The ACT knows that the distinction can’t be made by ear and likes to try to fool you.

So:

Incorrect: If my parents had not forced me to attend Chinese school, I never would of developed an appreciation for the traditions of Chinese New Year.

Correct: If my parents had not forced me to attend Chinese school, I never would have developed an appreciation for the traditions of Chinese New Year.

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