"of" for "have" in "would have" constructions

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Thu Dec 29 17:12:08 UTC 2005


Please send this goodie to me. I'm working on them. I've encountered
even such delights as "I'd've would've gone if I were you,"
admittedly more often in speech. I'm beginning to conclude that there
is a verbal particle "of," but how it patterns and functions I'm not


>I just spotted this substitution of "of" for "have" in a "would have"
>construction in a freshman comp. paper. This is probably a
>Linguistics 101-worthy question: what process is causing this
>subsitution/use of "of"? Faulty reanalysis? Is it an eggcorn?
>---Amy West

Dennis R. Preston
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Department of English
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