This is a quick grammar post.
It’s simple: “should have” and its contraction “should’ve” are correct. As are “would have” (would’ve) and “could have” (could’ve).
Incorrect: “should of”; “could of”; “would of”; “shoulda”; “woulda”; “coulda”
- I should have (should’ve) left earlier to avoid traffic.
- He could have (could’ve) told her he was on his way so she wouldn’t leave.
- She would have (would’ve) brought a snack if she knew there was no food.
- I could’ve won that race if I had trained more!
- He should’ve had a V-8 for breakfast instead of a donut.
- She would’ve gone to the movies if she didn’t have to work.
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