Grammar Tips | Is it "Would of" or "Would have"?
While reading through social media posts or comments, we often find the use of "would of" instead of "would've". As you know, a gentleman makes a continued effort to improve his vocabulary and grammar. Some people will write "would of" instead of "would've", which is a contraction of "would have". Another example is the use of "Could of" instead of "Could've". I understand how it can be easily misused because in spoken language they sound virtually identical; However, paying close attention reveals that only one of these variations is correct.
Although this is a mistake that could easily go unrecognized in verbal communication, such is not the case in writing. It becomes apparent that "would of" doesn't quite look right. The puzzling thing is that this mistake has become so prevalent, that people who make it often become desensitized to noticing on the page. Here is an illustration that may help you recall the proper way to write it in the future:
Here is an example that I have seen written online: Incorrect: "If it was me in that situation, I would of jumped over the fence." Correct: "If it was me in that situation, I would've jumped over the fence."
I hope that you have found this helpful. Even if you don't make this mistake frequently, I encourage you to share this post in your social media. Remember that if more people had shared this information with others in the past, they "could of" prevented this mistake from propagating.