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.

Thursday is bite-size grammar day on Some Small Things. This is when I discuss some of the most common errors from my writing class.

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