Should have, should of, which one when? Don’t make this grammar mistake in your writing. And don’t worry about it in speaking, OF sounds just like the reduction of HAVE so no one will hear it as a mistake in spoken English!
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Quick writing tip. English grammar.
You should never be writing ‘should of,’
‘would of’ or ‘could of.’
Now when you’re speaking, it may sound like you’re saying this.
But, it’s actually the word ‘have’.
‘Of’ and ‘have’ can sound the same in a reduction.
So, I ‘shoulda’ done that.
I ‘woulda’ done that if I’d known.
I ‘coulda’ done that if I’d tried harder.
All of those are not ‘of’ but ‘have’. So when you’re writing, make sure you’re never writing the two words together.
“should of.” Always write “should have.”