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[log in to unmask] writes:
>Something I've noticed very much recently, certainly in British English;
>not
>just sound change, but syntactic change too. The ending /schwa+v/ found in
>"could've", "should've" etc., is being interpreted as "of" instead of a
>contraction of "have", and the emphatic response articulated as "You
>should
>of!" instead of "You should have" and so on. My kids (13 and 16) consider
>this perfect grammatical.

In one of the chat rooms i frequent, people insist on "could of" instead
of "could've". It's a bit of a pet peeve, but i've kind of gotten over it.

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