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Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda


The words should, would and could have a great many usages. Most people use the right word at the right time, but every once in a while. I see it wrong.

So, here goes…

Should, believe it or not, is the past tense of the word shall. There are many correct usages, not all in the past tense, but we mainly use should when expressing some sort of obligation: He really should help her.

Would, believe it or not, is the past tense of the word will. There are many correct usages, not all in the past tense, but we primarily use would to express a typical, customary action: In the summer, we would spend hours on the beach.

Could, believe it or not, is the past tense of the word can. There are many correct usages, not all in the past tense, but we primarily use could to express possibility: Oh, the things I could do with a million dollars!

Until next time! Use the right words!

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October 24, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,

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