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  1. Anonymous
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    Is it correct grammar?

    Is it correct grammar to say "You should of received it by now." I don't think so, but a colleague disagrees. Please help settle this for me.

    Thank you!


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    #2
    Incorrect, but not so infrequent.

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  2. Trish
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    Is it correct grammar to say: is our children learning?

    Is there such a thing as intransitive plural subjunctive tense?

    Thank you.


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    #4
    Incorrect.

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    Re: Is it correct grammar?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piercew
    Is it correct grammar to say "You should of received it by now." I don't think so, but a colleague disagrees. Please help settle this for me.

    Thank you!
    You should have received it by now.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Trish
    Is it correct grammar to say: is our children learning?

    Is there such a thing as intransitive plural subjunctive tense?

    Thank you.
    Are our children learning?

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    Re: Is it correct grammar?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piercew
    Is it correct grammar to say "You should of received it by now." I don't think so, but a colleague disagrees. Please help settle this for me.

    Thank you!
    Written form:
    a) should have (OK)
    b) should of (Not OK)

    Spoken form:
    a) should have (OK)
    b) should [Uv] (OK)

    Note, I've used the symbol U to represent the sound of "u" in up. Speakers often reduce the word 'have' to 'ave', giving [Uv]. [Uv] sounds like "of" and the reason why *should of is a common spelling error. :wink:

    All the best, :D

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