I am seeing far too many blog posts, Tweets, Facebook status updates, and more that include some variation of this:
“I would of gone for a run this morning but I was too tired and slept in.”
“I should of studied harder in school.”
“I could of been a contender.”
[Imagine that I'm holding my head in my hands and screaming.]
NO. NO. NO. NO. NO.
In every single one of these cases, the correct thing would be either would have, should have, could have or would’ve, should’ve, could’ve.
I can’t even believe I have to cover this. *sigh*