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I noticed Canadians seem to use it more. Is that grammatically correct?
Has it been accepted by majority as correct English?
I visited a message board of a reality TV show in US called "the bachlor" a couple of years ago, where the luckiest man in the world (undeserving may I say) got to pick one out of 25 gorgeous women, idealy at the end of the show, to be his wife/fiance/girlfriend (but statically the relationship never lasted a seaon--just pick any season of the year). Anyway, the bachlor was Canadian, therefore a lot of the patrons of the message board were Canadians. I noticed thier constant usage of the phrase as if it's common or acceptable in their language.
I did a little comparison using google, not at all scientific mind you, but it offers some measure of support for your conjecture.
Results 1 - 10 of about 129,000 English pages for "should of"
Population: 33,390,141 --> 0.00386%
Results 1 - 10 of about 4,640,000 English pages for "should of".
Population: 301,139,947 --> 0.00154%
United Kingdom region:
Results 1 - 10 of about 219,000 English pages for "should of".
Population: 60,776,238 --> 0.00360%
I've always thought that it was a mistake based on the fact that the two sounds are homophonic but maybe it's used by some speakers as a text shortcut.
Oops, I just realized you're Canadian (the information was well within my peripheral vison--a little to the upper right corner to be exact). I hope I didn't offend anyone, that's not my intention. And thanks for the information.
Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
but I wonder why, 2006, you felt the need to make mention that should've is used "more" in casual writing.
I do indeed. I checked one newspaper, picked at random, [though I purposefully avoided Faux News because it ain't a news gathering forum, it's a propaganda machine] the Chicago Sun-Times.2006: It's a good question, and I even wondered if I should address that point. However, I'm quite sure "should've" wouldn't be used in a very formal document such as a government law or a legal presentation. Even in a newspaper or magazine article, one usually sees "should have", "would have", etc.
On the other hand, I would not be surprised at all to see "should've" in an email.
Do you agree?
There were no hits for the contracted should've and 103 hits for should have.