Of or Have?

Of or have? They can sound the same, but they’re very different. And you might be saying of when you actually mean have.

In a nutshell, when using the words would, could, and should, what follows should be have — not of!

Here are some examples:

I would have liked to stay longer, but I had to get to work.

I could have eaten the entire cake, but I decided to pace myself.

I should have cleaned the house, but I relaxed instead.

Thanks for reading! Do you have questions? Leave them in the comments below.

Some of my posts are devoted to common errors I see in my writing class. If you liked this one on of or have, here’s another on the rules of the semicolon. And here’s a fun, short video, too.

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