Sunday, May 25, 2008

Commonly misused/misspelled words and phrases (Part 33)

Here are some more words that are often misused or misspelled:


Wrong: Irregardless of his feelings, we have to do it.
Right: Regardless of his feelings, we have to do it.

“Irregardless” is an erroneous combination of irrespective and regardless, synonyms that mean “without regard” or “unmindful.”

Would of / could of

Wrong: I would of come with you if you would of asked.
Right: I would have come with you if you’d asked.

Would of/could of/should of are improper grammar. Always use “have” instead of “of” or use the contractions, would’ve/could’ve/should’ve. (Alternatively, substitute other phrases, such as “you had” or “you’d”, in the example above.)

Come back again for more words and how to use them correctly.


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