Here and there, this one pops up. It’s not a biggie, but it has the potential to drag down the impact of your writing just a notch.
My headline isn’t talking about regret – instead, it’s a play on the misuse of a contraction. Like this:
I would have gone to the store with my brother, but I slept too late.
If we use the common contraction for “would have,” it becomes:
I would’ve gone to the store with my brother, but I slept too late.
Several times, I’ve seen people write it like this:
I would of bought the red sweater, but they didn’t have it in my size.
Just remember – if you’re going to write out the contraction for any of the above sticklers, add “have” instead of “of.”
Would have…could have…should have…
Do this and you won’t have any grammatical regrets!