‘Would Of’ Makes Me Want To Cut My…

Black Ninja here.  Don’t ever write “would of.”  Just don’t.  I can’t imagine a situation where “would of” would ever be correct, and I have an amazing Ninja imagination.  Actually, my keen Ninja intellect just thought of one sentence where you can say it:

“Don’t ever write ‘would of.'”

There, that’s it.

So why do so many people use this expression?  You might say that it’s because “would of” and “would’ve” sound similar, but I think it’s because they’re not Ninjas.

So what is correct?  As alluded (ooh big word) to above, “would’ve” is how it’s spelled.  A contraction for “would have.”  As in “I would’ve known how to write ‘would’ve’ if I were a Ninja.”  Well, you don’t actually have to be a Ninja, you just have to listen to them.

Black Ninja Sees You

I am Black Ninja.

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I’m here to help your writing become strong–Ninja strong!  You’ve got participles that like to dangle about?  I’ll help you whip them into shape!  Lazy adverbs lurking in your book?  I and my fellow Ninjas will flush them out!  The other Book Ninjas are working hard behind the scenes to make this site Ninja-worthy, so for now I’m the only Ninja you’ll see.

Or will you?

The world doesn’t need more grammar nazis, it needs Book Ninjas!