Friday, March 27, 2015

Grammar is Neato #3: Homophones!

 This is my brain:

This is my brain when it hurts:

This is my brain when it sees silly grammar mistakes:

Here's one that makes it hurt in particular:

and another:

...and just for fun (?) another:

In case you weren't in the know, these sentences are totally incorrect.

...and I see sentences like these a lot.

 ...and therefore, they make my brain really hurt.

It's a really understandable mistake; English is full of homophones, or words that sound the same (and sometimes are even written the same) but have different meanings.  When you write "could of" " would of" or "should of", what you actually mean to write is this:
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All of these words (could've, would've, should've) are actually contractions for these phrases:
...so while these sentences in the present perfect may sound  like they use the preposition, "of", what they really use  is the helping verb, "have".

Easy fix, right?
Right.

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