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Should of been have

Posted Jan 30, 2008 at 07:19 AM by Legs
I don't know what it is, it really doesn't make sense to me but I see it more and more. Maybe I missed something and this is the new spelling, but again it doesn't make sense. People writing things like "He might of been" instead of "He might have".
"I should of been working" instead of "I should have been working".

At first I thought it was a typo, but unless it's some kind of wide spread typo virus, it can't be a simple typo. So I wonder where it comes from and who started it. More important does it work with other words as well. I of to think about it. People probably don't care and they probably are telling me to fuck have by now.
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I'd say it's more of a British thing. If you stick a thick British accent on "should have been," it sounds like "should of been" to me.

But in general, the English language is dying a slow death. Nobody cares about grammar anymore, especially with e-mail and text messages. Pretty soon we'll be back to smoke signals.
Posted Jan 30, 2008 at 07:34 AM by Jerry Jerry is offline
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"wide spread typo virus" LOL!

I think it's like Jerry says, people do not care much about grammar. But you are absolutely right that 'of' is incorrect. So is 'alot'. There is no such word as 'alot'. :)
Posted Jan 30, 2008 at 08:58 AM by Hari's Chick Hari's Chick is offline
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This is the Wesley Sneijder phenomenon - the difference between him and David Beckham is that the other one of them plays great football in Real Madrid and speaks impeccably good English, and the other one has name 'Beckham'.
Posted Jan 31, 2008 at 02:39 AM by BadLittleKid BadLittleKid is offline
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Posted Feb 04, 2008 at 12:19 PM by jesgear jesgear is offline
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"they probably are telling me to fuck have by now."

what kind of sites have you been visiting Legs..

I have not seen any of this yet but I know I would also notice that yeah...

Yet, there is so called sms language and msn chat language with all kinds of short words... so I hear.

like alot = a lot of thoughts, or a lot of twinkles, depending on the conversation issue

like asap

I for instance when I started writing on websites always thought LOL meant Lots of Love
Posted Feb 19, 2008 at 02:07 AM by FPSHOT FPSHOT is offline
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Legs I find it disgusting and annoying too.

There are many examples of people using a word in the wrong place because it sounds like the word that is meant to be there and as a result, the person using it looks and/or sounds stupid.

Another one I don't like is when someone says or writes "that is different to that" rather than "that is different from that". I think the explanation for both this and the have/of one is with the speed at which people speak and with accents (like Jerry said), it sounds like the other word.

Not matter what the reason is, I think it is stupid.
People should learn how to read and write a little better maybe.

On a slightly different note but within the grammar topic, I can't stand it when people use grammar that they THINK is correct; not just because they don't know any better.

For example SO OFTEN I see captions on people's photos on facebook etc and it will read "a photo of Lucy and I". Now, am I not right in thinking the test is to remove the other person and see if what you have said makes sense? That is what I was always whilst "Lucy and I were walking" is right because I would be walking without the Lucy there, a photo of I is incorrect therefore it is a photo of Lucy and me. What gets me about this is that people have clearly gone to the trouble of wording it and putting the captions in that way to make it sound as if they are all up on their grammar when actually it is wrong.

Another example would be "she was telling Lucy and I about it" = WRONG. "she was telling Lucy and me about it" = RIGHT.

Or am I wrong on this one?? Surely not because it is a photo of me NOT a photo of I!!!!!!!
Posted Mar 10, 2008 at 05:58 AM by Lucy Lucy is offline
You are correct Lucy. "I" is a first person pronoun used as a subject, while "me" is a first person pronoun used as an object.
Posted Mar 10, 2008 at 08:09 AM by digdad digdad is offline
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To be honest, at times I am having troubles with the use of I or Me. But in the example you gave Lucy, Me just sounds natural.

I admit that I probably make a bunch of typo's with each post, but the use of the word of instead of have seems odd to me.

Yesterday I was reminded again how annoying it was to me.
Someone on the forum was talking again about "must of been", instead of "must have been". I replied to that person's post, pointing out the mistake. However since it was probably not fair to single this person out, while there are hundreds of others doing it as well, I deleted my post again. Instead I let go of a heavy sigh, counted to 10 and moved on.
Posted Mar 10, 2008 at 10:22 AM by Legs Legs is offline
Updated Mar 10, 2008 at 10:24 AM by Legs
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Me and I and myself

Suffering in silence again, Legs?

I wonder how many grammatic errors start out as a joke and are taken up as correct by those not knowing better?
Posted May 22, 2009 at 06:35 PM by hibgal hibgal is offline
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