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    What is "couldn't of" ???

    Hi,
    Could someone can help me ? I can not understand the meaning of " They couldn't of". Below is the dialog from the movie 13 days.

    Kenny : If they were gonna meet, they should met here.
    Young Agent : I think they could have met.
    Kenny : They couldn't of.

    Thank you

    Jason

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    Re: What is "couldn't of" ???

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonchaoth View Post
    Hi,
    Could someone can help me ? I can not understand the meaning of " They couldn't of". Below is the dialog from the movie 13 days.

    Kenny : If they were gonna meet, they should met here.
    Young Agent : I think they could have met.
    Kenny : They couldn't of.
    It should be, They couldn't've [= couldn't have] (met).

    Thank you

    Jason
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    Re: What is "couldn't of" ???

    Cool error, isn't it? It's a rather common error and it's related to phonetics. The <v> in contracted -'ve, have, devoices and so it sounds like [f]--which is why you'll find native speakers writing could of and couldn't of instead of the expected contracted forms could've and couldn't've.


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    Re: What is "couldn't of" ???

    Easy. It's an abomination

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    Re: What is "couldn't of" ???

    Thank you.
    Your explanation is wonderful. Sounds reasonable. I have finally got it.
    Jason

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    Re: What is "couldn't of" ???

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonchaoth View Post
    Thank you.
    Your explanation is wonderful. Sounds reasonable. I have finally got it.
    Jason
    Glad to hear it, and if you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.

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