Section 4.3

"Of" as a Verb Substitute

People often write the way they speak. That is not always a bad thing, but it does sometimes lead to errors such as:

I could of won.

Presumably this mistake occurs because people are accustomed to hearing and saying, I could’ve wonI could’ve helped you, or I should’ve been there. The ve in the contraction is mistakenly transcribed as of.

The correct version is:

I could have won.