‘Should of’ or ‘should have’?

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When you use this phrase, it’s always ‘should have’ or ‘should’ve’:

I should have gone for a run today so I don’t have to go tomorrow

I should’ve woken up earlier so I could get more done

He should have done that by now to get it over and done with

He should’ve thought of that so he didn’t make that mistake

So why do we think it’s ‘should of’?

There’s a simple explanation. Say any of those sentences above out loud. The ‘have’ and the ‘’ve’ sound very much like ‘of’ don’t they? It therefore makes sense to assume it is when you write it down.

If you take out the ‘should’ you change the intention of the sentence but you also see the word that’s left can’t be ‘of’.

I have gone for a run today so I don’t have to go tomorrow

(I of gone for a run today so I don’t have to go tomorrow)

I have woken up earlier so I can get more done

(I of woken up earlier so I can get more done)

He has done that by now to get it over and done with

(He of done that by now to get it over and done with)

He has thought of that so he didn’t make that mistake

(He of thought of that so he didn’t make that mistake)

 

 

 

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