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    And while I've got my grumpy hat on - saying and writing "could of" instead of "could have".
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    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    And while I've got my grumpy hat on - saying and writing "could of" instead of "could have".
    I would of said the same, but you've beaten me to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malx View Post
    Wow - hope you have a machine to do that or a very short driveway.
    You should see me blow out candles on a cake! Everybody ends up with frosting on their mug!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Ante View Post
    To - too - two, all pronounced the same is quite annoying.
    How about there, their, they're? I find it annoying when somebody writes the wrong one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    And while I've got my grumpy hat on - saying and writing "could of" instead of "could have".
    Quote Originally Posted by Forster View Post
    I would of said the same, but you've beaten me to it.
    Yes.

    But it's usually pronounced "could've".

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    Quote Originally Posted by pianozach View Post
    Yes.

    But it's usually pronounced "could've".
    Stop spoiling my fun.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    Quote Originally Posted by pianozach View Post
    Yes.

    But it's usually pronounced "could've".
    But I've often seen it written 'could/would of'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forster View Post
    But I've often seen it written 'could/would of'
    Yeah, that would be incorrect.

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    "There is" (or "there's") when is should be "there are" (or "there're")

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    Using "as such" when all that is meant is "therefore".

    Oxford languages: "as such" means

    in the exact sense of the word. eg "it is possible to stay overnight here although there is no guest house as such"

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    This ship has long sailed, but media used to be the plural of medium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkW View Post
    This ship has long sailed, but media used to be the plural of medium.
    That whole family is an endangered species. Media/Medium, Data/Datum, Criteria/Criterion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fbjim View Post
    That whole family is an endangered species. Media/Medium, Data/Datum, Criteria/Criterion.
    Yes! YES!! And phenomena/phenomenon. And 'none' is singular ('not one'). And many more, so very many more......

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    I still use 'criterion' but I think the ship has sailed on the "Data is a plural" boat, and I only see "The data are" in contexts like academic journals.

    It'll be in the graveyard right next to "'Momentarily' means 'briefly' and not 'soon'" plot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fbjim View Post
    That whole family is an endangered species. Media/Medium, Data/Datum, Criteria/Criterion.
    I still use all of those singular/plural forms.

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