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Could "have".... Not " of"
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K ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Could "have".... Not " of" on 07/26/2011 08:41:26 MDT Print View

Wish I could "have" been there. Not "of" been there.
You should "have" seen.....not "of" seen.
I could "have" done that. I could not "of" done that!
Could/ would/ should "of"....makes no sense.
Tha abbreviation we hear when we speak is 've, for "have", not "of".
Obviously just about everybody knows this, but I see it here daily and it just bugs me. I wish someone else would of said something... : )

Jim York
(jimbawb) - F

Locale: PNW
Agreed! on 07/26/2011 08:56:08 MDT Print View

Also on my list:

Could care less

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Could "have".... Not " of" on 07/26/2011 09:43:29 MDT Print View

Or like most people obsessed with the English language....learn to breathe in deeply and let it go. It will make you less stressed.

Seriously, if others don't have perfect English does it really affect you? Only if it lets you. So they don't have a mastering of it, it doesn't affect who they are.

And not everyone knows the rules you list or even the difference between similar sounding words. To say they should is a bit condescending and smacks of elitism.

I have friends and hiking partners who have horrid spelling. Does that make them any less enjoyable to be with? Not at all. Frankly without spell check I am lost.

Sorry, but you remind me of the kids in elementary who made fun of me because I couldn't wrap around "S" correctly and had to take speech therapy. To this day I still have issues with certain words. The nice thing about being an adult and being "corrected" by idiots is I can tell them where to take their "corrections". And trust me - I have no issue telling them to shut it.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Could "have".... Not " of" on 07/26/2011 09:48:47 MDT Print View

My mom complains when I say I'm eating a "healthy" apple

She says "it's healthful, not healthy"

Since she repeats the same things over and over, I now say "if it's healthy, then it's also healthful"

Casey Bowden
(clbowden) - MLife

Locale: Berkeley Hills
Re: Could "have".... Not " of" on 07/26/2011 09:50:24 MDT Print View

cement vs. concrete (I'm an engineer)

Aaron Benson
(AaronMB) - F

Locale: Central Valley California
Re: Could "have".... Not " of" on 07/26/2011 09:57:38 MDT Print View

As an English graduate student all these things get to me. After reading tons of student papers, though, one learns to let it go--just a little--otherwise insanity is just around the corner.

with all things considered what actually gets to me the most is having to break down peoples posts by imagining where periods commas question marks and capital letters and all those things should go when people dont use them leaving it up to us figure it all out can be especially challenging when they begin rambling and jumping from thought to thought its nice to have those markers you know i mean we have them for a reason

Most of these things occur in those who actually don't know, many times, these are Second Language Learners* who learn audibly - so the "'ve" sound versus "of" is indistinguishable. The bottom line while they learn, of course, is - is it comprehensible?

EDIT: this is too vague and unfair a term to simply say and not qualify. This is, in my experience, specifically with entry level freshman students, in the CSU system, that can be called Generation 1.5 learners; many have incomplete educations in their L1 and L2 (as suggested below).

Edited by AaronMB on 07/26/2011 19:12:22 MDT.

John Whynot

Locale: Southeast Texas
Re: Could "have".... Not " of" on 07/26/2011 10:00:47 MDT Print View

Theory vs idea or guess (I'm a scientist)...

K ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Correcting on 07/26/2011 10:04:46 MDT Print View

I am a learner, constantly trying to improve myself. I teach languages. Speech impediments are one thing; spelling is another and sentence construction is yet another. Pointing out that a sentence construction makes no sense is not a crime either. Name calling, on the other hand, is rude.

Edited for punctuation, my weakness; )

Edited by Kat_P on 07/26/2011 11:20:40 MDT.

Philip Delvoie
(PhilipD) - MLife

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Could "have".... Not " of" on 07/26/2011 10:12:08 MDT Print View

Looks around...and googles "cement vs concrete".

Ahh... 8-)

K ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: Could "have".... Not " of" on 07/26/2011 10:18:15 MDT Print View

Aaron, I disagree with your opinion that second language learners have more difficulty with this. As a learner of English myself, I had to learn the grammar and I read most words before I ever spoke or heard them. That is why most learners of English are good spellers. Now , there are probably many learners that are illiterate in their native language, who have learned the way you describe , and that is another subject .

Edited by Kat_P on 07/26/2011 10:19:30 MDT.

Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
Descriptive vs. prescriptive grammarians on 07/26/2011 11:00:31 MDT Print View

Right on, Kat. I've been teaching English composition (i.e., writing) on the college level since 1974. On the whole, non-native speakers of English tend to do better because they come with the "rules" of grammar, usage, and composition already in place.

However, please note that no clear set of standards exist except in the context of actual use. Thus, I will not complain about the lack of apostrophes, comma splices, run-ons, etc. in some of the posts above because the standards, such as they are, are different in this context than they would be in, say, an article written for formal publication in an academic journal.

Beyond that, any serious student of the language will tell you that it changes. People in my field are mostly "descriptive" rather than "proscriptive" grammarians. As one of my own teachers once commented, "God did not lower the rules of English grammar down from heaven on a string."

For example, the apostrophe is slowly disappearing from the language. It is being replaced by the so-called "genitive by juxtaposition." These days, no self-respecting steak-house owner would call his place Smith's Steakhouse." It's the Smith Steakhouse. And come to think of it, when did steakhouse become one word instead of two? In fact, I'll bet you all a nickel that "would of" will be an acceptable replacement for "would have" in 50 years or so just as 'have not got" became an acceptable replacement in informal speech for "have not gotten" in England a few decades back.

Language changes, and be glad it has. English nouns used to have declinations just like Latin ones. How would you like to have to add endings to all your nouns depending on their grammatical position in a sentence? I'm perfectly happy with saying "you" in most cases except the possessive instead of having to figure out all the permutations of "thee, thine, and thou." I just wish the culture at large would accept the southern use of "ya'll." English needs a second-person plural form of the pronoun.

When I fall down while hiking, I cuss. I do not curse or swear or use foul language. I cuss, dag nabbit. And don't ya'll fergit it. :-)


Edited by nerdboy52 on 07/26/2011 11:29:12 MDT.

K ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Descriptive on 07/26/2011 11:11:49 MDT Print View

I hear where you are coming from Thomas. Of all the linguistics classes I took, my favorite remains a Syntax class, in which we had no books and were required to write a formula of the English language as we use it. A formula that included the sentence structures that we use, and excluded those that we don't use. And by "we", I mean each student, each speaker. It was a wonderful exercise with many valid formulas as a result. Many included the use of double negatives, since natural language always reverts back to them, if not manipulated. That said, my above mentioned example is fairly basic and meant no offense. If I read a post that addresses a mistake I make, and no finger was directly pointed at me, I would welcome it. As I wrote, I am a learner.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
On that same note.... on 07/26/2011 11:23:09 MDT Print View

RON Bell vs. Rob Bell

GG (Gossamer Gear) vs. GG (Granite Gear)....*there needs to be a delineation!

Cuben vs. Cuban

( I'm a backpacker) ;-)

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
peeves on 07/26/2011 12:53:33 MDT Print View

While my grammar, punctuation, and spelling are not always perfect, there are a few specific ones that are on my pet peeves list.

Most often I see incorrect usage of the words to, two, and too. As far as spelling is concerned, one that I often see being incorrect in cookbooks is "bouillon" which mistakenly gets spelled "bullion". I once mentioned it to someone and the inane reply was that my correct spelling of the word was "the Canadian spelling" and that "bullion" was the correct American usage for the word meaning "broth". I think having bullion in my soup would be rather hard to swallow, however, it might pad the bank account.

I concede that the quality of my writing doesn't come without the assistance of my wonderful editors at Wilderness Press, a good amount of proofreading, and great tools such as the Chicago Manual of Style. The latter should be on every writer's bookshelf.

(edits: like Kat_P, I had to fix a few things and I'm a little bit addicted to editing)

Edited by Laurie_Ann on 07/26/2011 13:08:47 MDT.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Re: Could "have".... Not " of" on 07/26/2011 13:06:42 MDT Print View

Philip wrote: Looks around...and googles "cement vs concrete". Ahh... 8-)

Thank goodness I wasn't the only one who did not know there was a difference. :)

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: On that same note.... on 07/26/2011 13:20:08 MDT Print View

Dug vs Doug

(I'm a narcissist)

Evan McCarthy
(evanrussia) - MLife

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Garner's Modern American Usage on 07/26/2011 13:21:42 MDT Print View

One of the all-time great grammar and style guides. There is a distinct American usage of the English language.

But I go too far here, since there are plenty of international folks on BPL who don't give a darn about specific American usage. :-)

Edited by evanrussia on 07/26/2011 13:22:21 MDT.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Re: Re: On that same note.... on 07/26/2011 13:24:50 MDT Print View

Douglas wrote: Dug vs Doug (I'm a narcissist)

I always think of you as Douglas.

Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
Good example! on 07/26/2011 13:29:48 MDT Print View

The "bouillon" vs. "bullion" example illustrates exactly when, as a culture, we must sometimes insist on correctness instead of cutting a writer a little slack. They are words with distinct and different meanings, and their misuse produces reader confusion (bad) or reader hilarity (worse). How many times have I had fellow or sister writing teacher stop by my office and say, "Get a load of this one."

The "would have"/ "would of" situation is different. The "would of" writer is simply allowing informal speech to enter the more formal realm of writing. Given the less-than-formal context of forums such as this one, I think we should be willing to cut the writer a little slack.

But that, of course, is just my individual perception. If a majority of readers find some error causes them to discount the opinions expressed in a piece of writing, the writer would do well to learn the correct form. Correctness is really just a matter of perception and, more importantly, persuasion.


David Olsen

Locale: Steptoe Butte
concrete understanding on 07/26/2011 13:30:44 MDT Print View

You mean I could "of" firmly cemented in my mind concrete definitions of the two?

Edited by oware on 07/26/2011 13:41:16 MDT.