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Thread #132499 Message #4081305
Posted By: Jos
29-Nov-20 - 10:19 AM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
I keep hearing, for example, "If I [or you, they, etc.] had done something ..." replaced by "If I'd 've done something ...", "If you'd 've done something ...".
It was used on the radio this lunchtime when a professor, who was talking about how the virus would look in a few months' time, included the phrase "if we'd 've been a bit more careful in December ...".
Did he think he was saying "if we had have been ..." (or "if we had of been", even)?
Or was he saying "if we would have been ..." (or "if we would of been")?
Or do the people who use this expression not think at all?