I'd've

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 31 07:47:28 UTC 2009


I can't recall seeing "I'd've" ever written.  It certainly is spoken.  As John Wayne said: "If I'd've (pronounced like Ida) known I'd win and Oscar wearing and eyepatch, I'd've worn one a long time ago."

Pronunciation spelling?


Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL5+
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> Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 00:46:30 -0400
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> I remember my Latin II class in high school, when I went up to the board to
> do the future passive conjugation of a verb. I translated "factum erit" as
> "it'll've been done." One of my classmates complained that "it'll've" wasn't
> legit, but my teacher quite sensibly told him it was perfectly fine.
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> Neal Whitman
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>> At 2:35 AM +0000 7/31/09, Tom Zurinskas wrote:
>>>See "I'd've" below. I haven't seen a double apostrophe before.
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>> Sheltered life! I've seen many, in particular involving variants of
>> this one ("she'd've", "they'd've", etc.). There are 137,000 raw
>> g-hits for "I'd've".
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>> LH
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>>>I have taught a lot of subjects and activities over the years and in
>>>each case had a level of expertise higher than my students. I knew
>>>the subject or sport, was more experienced in it, was able to model
>>>and participate on a level higher than the students. I'd be able to
>>>win a game (Well, I'd've won a few years back. Now I get awfully
>>>tired.)
>>>
>>>
>>>Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL5+
>>>see truespel.com
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