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#1 2005-12-06 05:06:57

Chris Russell
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Registered: 2005-12-06
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"Could of" for "could have"

Also “should of”, “must of” and all the other perfect modals.

I’m astounded by how many people I’ve mentioned this to make this mistake. Obviously due to the pronunciation of the contracted form, ‘ve

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#2 2005-12-07 04:21:20

annburlingham
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Registered: 2005-12-05
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Re: "Could of" for "could have"

Yes, but… is it an eggcorn?

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#3 2005-12-12 16:52:36

naki
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Registered: 2005-12-12
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Re: "Could of" for "could have"

Most definitely.

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#4 2005-12-14 04:42:42

Fishbait
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Re: "Could of" for "could have"

Very common, but not an eggcorn—just a phonetic misspelling. There’s no etymological misconstruction.

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