Tag Archives: could of

Could of/should of and Canadian English

Could of/should of are older than we think: elsewhere in this blog I reported on their occurrence already in 18th-century English. It is also the feature in the Attitudes Survey that calls for the most comments, mostly negative (very negative!) … Continue reading

Posted in usage features | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Attitudes survey: we need you!

So far, 589 people have filled in my Attitudes Survey, which is fantastic: thank you all! But I would like to have more responses, not because I’m greedy, but to make for greater representativeness of what people – not only … Continue reading

Posted in usage features | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Grammatical reinterpretation

Coming back from our summer holidays, I’m steadily working my way through the backlog of newspapers (primarily NRC Handelsblad). One of the things that stuck was something I read in a column by language historian and journalist Ewoud Sanders, from 25 June. … Continue reading

Posted in usage features | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Could of?

This gallery contains 3 photos.

One of my (British) colleagues the other day mentioned that his sixteen-year-old daughter was very much surprised to learn that of in could of was not a preposition but an auxiliary verb. (For clarity’s sake, the girl’s father is a linguist and … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , | 4 Comments