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Writing Mistakes that Make You Look Dumb


Could of

When speaking, certain contractions can sound like other words. “Could’ve” rolls off the tongue like “could of.” You have to be careful that does not slip into your writing.

In the past tense, could, would and should must never be followed by “of.” If you use contractions in your writing, the words are “could’ve, would’ve, should’ve.” If you don’t, they are “could have, would have, should have.”

It’s an easy mistake to make. Scan any document or business e-mail you write and make sure it’s correct.

Now that your writing’s in order, time to work on your speaking!