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Old 04.05.2016, 13:23
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Re: Terminology: Swiss vs. Switzerland

Jeez, and there was me thinking i have been living in Swaziland for 45 years!!

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Can someone explain to me (not an English native speaker) why people confuse "would of" vs "would have"?
'Would of' comes from mis-hearing and misunderstanding the contraction for 'would have', i.e., would've.

A common error - but an error nonetheless.


(Or as we say in Chicago: I shoulda, coulda, woulda. )
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Re: Terminology: Swiss vs. Switzerland

It's because when speaking,"Would have" gets abbreviated to "would've" which does sound like "would of". Same thing with "should've". I agree it's offensive to see it written!
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Can someone explain to me (not an English native speaker) why people confuse "would of" vs "would have"? I mean I can understand "your" vs "you're" or "loose" vs "lose", but "would have" vs "would of"? It doesn't even sound the same, does it?

Only somewhat related: my favorite was when many years ago, a very senior German executive indicated on his CV that he had "three childs". Well...
Depends on which part of Britain you come from. For example in the North of England when speaking we say would've because we shorten most words so when writing it is often written as would of. I take all forms of payment for the lesson.
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Re: Terminology: Swiss vs. Switzerland

amn't is another one. But more northern Irish.
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Can someone explain to me (not an English native speaker) why people confuse "would of" vs "would have"? I mean I can understand "your" vs "you're" or "loose" vs "lose", but "would have" vs "would of"? It doesn't even sound the same, does it?

Only somewhat related: my favorite was when many years ago, a very senior German executive indicated on his CV that he had "three childs". Well...
My recent favorite was a spontaneous application from a French guy with a CV in English and marital status "celibate"
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It's certainly better than this totally randomly selected headline from the BBC News website: Indonesia police confiscate sex toy mistaken for 'angel'. For years now, the BBC has been incapable of using the adjectival form of country names. It makes me flinch every time (or is that whince?).
I get the same feeling when I read 'woman politician', 'woman executive' etc.
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Er, no. Even though it's The Local, there's nothing wrong with that headline. It's short for "The Swiss may extradite Kosovan war criminal suspects", as in the Swiss people, not the country.
The absent definite article results in a situation where you can interpret this in several ways.
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Can someone explain to me (not an English native speaker) why people confuse "would of" vs "would have"? I mean I can understand "your" vs "you're" or "loose" vs "lose", but "would have" vs "would of"? It doesn't even sound the same, does it?

Only somewhat related: my favorite was when many years ago, a very senior German executive indicated on his CV that he had "three childs". Well...
As a native English speaker and qualified, even certified in teaching English as a Foreign language - I have no f....... clue what you're on about ;-). But please ignore this - it was a while ago.
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