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  1. Banned
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    #1

    believe it to of been

    But 24 out of 25 people believe it to of been an inside job.

    I read this comment on facebook.
    I assume it means "But 24 out of 25 people believe it was an inside job", but I've never heard "believe it to of been" before. Is it correct English?

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    Re: believe it to of been

    It's wrong. "Of" should be "have".

    It's a common error from native speakers unfortunately. Some people use "of" when they should use "have". The most common error is using "could/should/would/might of" instead of "could/should/would/might have".
    In this case, the person said "of been" instead of "have been".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: believe it to of been

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's wrong. "Of" should be "have".

    It's a common error from native speakers unfortunately. Some people use "of" when they should use "have". The most common error is using "could/should/would/might of" instead of "could/should/would/might have".
    In this case, the person said "of been" instead of "have been".
    It might be due to the fact that the weak form of have is pronounced /əv/, just like of /əv/.
    Last edited by Mori; 02-Dec-2016 at 18:33.

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    #4

    Re: believe it to of been

    No "might" about it. That's exactly what it is. People just writing down what they say/pronounce without thinking about it.

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