Would have

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by -Asdfgh-, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. "I wish I would have created this post earlier"

  2. "I wish I had created this post earlier"

  3. "I wish I had carrots"

  1. -Asdfgh-


    Apr 13, 2010
    Ok.. here we go.
  2. Yes, average TB grammatical correctness is not.
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  3. BazzTard

    BazzTard Inactive

    A lot of people under 40 would've said 'WOULD OF" instead of "WOULD'VE" because they think would've is would of !

    what does "would of" even mean?
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  4. -Asdfgh-


    Apr 13, 2010
    It's more prompted by the fact Melvyn Bragg is on the radio here talking about dialects. The "would have" construction seems to be sufficiently prevalent to count as a dialect, so I am curious.

    There are plenty of others: stood standing (sometimes used in conjunction with banjuleles); while in "I've been doing this while 9am"; usage of through versus through to or from and to; different from, different to, different than; and so on.
  5. Wood have.


    Would have more firewood.
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  6. INTP


    Nov 28, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    "I wish I created this post earlier"
  7. Would-uh
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  8. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Second one is clearer, and quite clearly correct. But I'm too tired to decide if the first one is actually wrong or not. People would understand what you meant, which is the main point of language, after all.
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  9. slobake

    slobake resident ... something

    I like clear concise language. The less said to make a point the better. I chose number two.
  10. duff beer

    duff beer

    Dec 2, 2007
    NO!! It's "woulda" :)
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  11. Rush-2112


    Dec 14, 2008
    New York City
    Use anything but "would of." Of all the mistakes, that irks me the most. /grammarnazirant
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  12. Thanks. I knew that looked stupid when I typed it, but it was early...
  13. slobake

    slobake resident ... something

    I like the word irk and other similar shenanigans.
  14. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    "Would of" is the result of someone hearing "would've" (a contraction of "would have") and then spelling it phonetically without understanding the grammar of what they heard.

    How many times have we seen people write "walaa" when they should have written "voilĂ " to mean something along the lines of "it is revealed" or "see there" or "it is unveiled".
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  15. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    I wish I had created this post. If I had had carrots at the time, I would have done so.
  16. slobake

    slobake resident ... something

    It would have been more fun if I had had Haddock at the time.
  17. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    The first is more colloquial but either works.
  18. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    If you had had haddock, wouldn't you also have had to have carrots?
  19. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    On second thought, should that be "...wouldn't you also have to have had carrots?" Or maybe "....wouldn't you also have had to have had carrots?" (Or not?)
  20. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Had. Active voice is always better.