Should Of, Would Of, and Could Of
Should Of, Would Of, and Could OfThe phrases "should of," "would of," and "could of" are always wrong. Worse. They are viewed as grammatical howlers. In other words, if you write "should of," "would of," or "could of" even once, your credibility will take a dive. If you do it more than once, you're toast.
This error is currently listed as the fourth worst writing mistake in our list of common grammar errors.
More about Should Of, Would Of, and Could OfThe phrases "should of," "would of," and "could of" are incorrect expansions of the contractions "should've," "would've," and "could've." The "'ve" part is incorrectly expanded to "of" because of how it is pronounced. Of course, the correct expansions of these phrases are "should have," "would have," and "could have."
Examples of Should've, Would've, and Could'veHere are some examples with "should of," "would of," and "could of" expanded correctly:
- I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury. (Comedian Groucho Marx)
- I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have. (Polymath Leonardo da Vinci)
- Had I become a priest, the sermons would of been electric!
- I loved what I did. I could of been secretary of state forever.