Podcast #6 Could’ve Would’ve Should’ve

Published in the category Contractions, Grammar and Usage

I could’ve run another mile.
I would’ve given my friend a ride home.
I should’ve listened to my father.

Last Saturday my friend called and asked me to help him cut down a tree. I should’ve told him I wasn’t feeling well. He would’ve understood. He could’ve called someone else to help.

I should’ve told him I wasn’t feeling well.
I should’ve said I was feeling a little sick.
I should’ve said I was under the weather.

He would’ve understood.
He would’ve been understanding.
He would’ve accepted that.

He could’ve called someone else.
He could’ve called up someone else.
He could’ve phoned someone else.

You should’ve told me what you and Dad had in mind for Saturday. I could’ve told you what my plans were. We could’ve figured out a good schedule for everyone. I would’ve changed my date with Frank to Sunday night. I’m sure he would’ve agreed.

You should’ve told me what you and Dad had in mind for Saturday.
You should’ve informed me what you and Dad had in mind for Saturday.
You should’ve let me know what you and Dad had planned for Saturday.

I could’ve told you what my plans were.
I could’ve told you what I had planned.
I could’ve told you how I had the weekend blocked out.

We could’ve figured out a good schedule for everyone.
We could’ve worked out an acceptable schedule for everyone.
We could’ve worked out a schedule to suit everyone involved.

I would’ve changed my date with Frank to Sunday night.
I would’ve moved my date with Frank to Sunday night.
I would’ve shifted my date with Frank to Sunday night.

I’m sure he would’ve agreed.
I’m sure he would’ve been OK with that.
I’m sure he would’ve gone along with that.

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