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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.
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.
Easy. It's an abomination
Your explanation is wonderful. Sounds reasonable. I have finally got it.