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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
I could ______ eaten that steak.

What form of verb must follow the modal verbs: could, should, would?

I should ______ studied harder for the exam.

Jon _____ rather ride his bike than take the bus.


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149 Comments on “Common Mistakes: “Could of” or “Could have”? (Could’ve / Would’ve / Should’ve)”


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I never thought about this common mistake. It helped me with pronunciation. Thank you!

Tuesday, October 18th 2011

    Thank you, after I learn about could have should have and would have. I feel so glad

    Tuesday, October 18th 2011

thank you its so important for us because iam kurdish & not know about english thank you so much

Tuesday, October 18th 2011

    some basic mistake you made in that sentence, and I know English is not your first language because of that you find it hard. I know everyone means you it’s eg it is, its normally means belonging to someone; I or we do, should be at the start of the sentence, and you do not need an ampersand (&). Plus you are using know in the wrong context (way). Here are some para phasing/redoing of your sentence
    thank you it’s this is important for us/me because I/we am Kurdish and do not know much English, i thank you.
    If you using, us use we and if using I use me; in the sentence you gone to, a loads of people to just yourself.

    Thursday, May 16th 2013

      am/are Kurdish. And unsure if a common or about after much and before English

      Friday, May 17th 2013

In the quiz, you should have written bare infinitive, not just infinitive. Because infinitive is the verb that starts with to.

Tuesday, October 18th 2011

    This has been fixed. Thanks for your feedback, Shorty.

    Tuesday, October 18th 2011

    Thank you for that correction.

    Saturday, October 22nd 2011

hi there, pretty nice,short lesson buddy. please keep teaching us every week, thanks a bunch Jon. so long.

Tuesday, October 18th 2011

    So I would have said thank to everybody who make this program

    Tuesday, October 18th 2011

    ok.me too.i want to be teacher teaching us more lesson

    Monday, November 14th 2011

thank a lot for this video

Tuesday, October 18th 2011

Thank you Jon, i learn your lesson…

Tuesday, October 18th 2011

Thanks Jon! Keep the good work!

Tuesday, October 18th 2011

thanks , My mistake understand i need some test

Tuesday, October 18th 2011

thanks , igot english grammer mistakes.

Tuesday, October 18th 2011

Please I want more & more like these sentences to understand me

Wednesday, October 19th 2011

This side is good for who want the gather knowledge.

Thanks,

Masuod

Wednesday, October 19th 2011

thanks for informing us

Wednesday, October 19th 2011

that is good lesson for us .thanks

Wednesday, October 19th 2011

thank you Jon.i can speak a littlebit faster English now.thanks again.by the way,could u pleaz make a lesson about how we can pronounc g and i hwen they are pronounsed like j and e ?.my regards.

Wednesday, October 19th 2011

    Thanks for the suggestion. I will try to incorporate this into my next lesson.

    Saturday, October 22nd 2011

Thank for this lesson.

Wednesday, October 19th 2011

thank you Jon.

I would like to ask you about the question 1 in the quiz .. it was: “I could ______ eaten that steak.” I solved it without have and it gave me wrong =( why? .. I followed your sentence which you wrote it in the video “I could eat chocolate” and you didn’t use have here =O, maybe I did’nt understand it well, could you please explain to me more, I would be grateful =)

Thanks

Wednesday, October 19th 2011

    Hi friend
    Jon forgot to explain something….
    the two sentence “I could eat chocolate” and “I could have eaten(after have always past participle) chocolate” have a slight different meaning. Both sentence are refer to the past but the second, than the first, it shows us the feeling not to do the action to eat chocolate, I could eat chocolate but I couldn’t. It’s a regret. I hope not to make you further confusion. Bye

    Friday, October 21st 2011

      Hi =D

      WOW thank you very much for your explain. Now it’s clear to me, I’m just confused with “have” when we used it and when we don’t need to use it =)

      really thanks -Best Regards-

      Saturday, October 29th 2011

I feel an important point is missing here – why do you use the contracted form “‘ve” instead of “have”? It depends on the stress and the implied meaning, check these examples:
1) I COULD have eaten that … (It was possible for me to do that in the past and I still have the possibility of doing that in the present – “have” can’t be contracted).
2) I could HAVE eaten that … (It was possible for me to do that in the past but I don’t have the possibility of doing that in the present – “have” can’t be contracted).
3) I could’ve EATEN that … (Here “have” can be contracted).
The meaning implied in the third example is something similar to “instead of”, but it’s commonly used with the meaning of 1) above, and that’s what adds (in my opinion) to the confusion.

Wednesday, October 19th 2011

this is helpful to some people and to me. to add, what have nocited to these model verbs they always end either with the past perfect tense or simple past tense…..thank you guys keet it up to you good work.

Wednesday, October 19th 2011

that is surprising …..

Wednesday, October 19th 2011

Can you please help me with this? What is the verb in” “What does your mother do on Tuesday?” Please explain or elaborate. Thank you.

Wednesday, October 19th 2011

thanks teacher Jon it is clear would, should and could

Wednesday, October 19th 2011

Thanks Teacher,it’s helpful.

Wednesday, October 19th 2011

Thank you. The video did teach me something. I got 4 out ot 4. Thanks makes me feel good.

Wednesday, October 19th 2011

hello every one..

Wednesday, October 19th 2011

thank you

Wednesday, October 19th 2011

thanks a lot of video about would have, coul

thanks you…

Wednesday, October 19th 2011

Thanks for the lesson.I could have polished my rusty english.

Wednesday, October 19th 2011

very good lesson,it,s help me alots. thank you.

Thursday, October 20th 2011

that is very short .we need more.thanks.

Thursday, October 20th 2011

thanks a lot for that lesson.

Thursday, October 20th 2011

great lesson thanks Mr John

Thursday, October 20th 2011

great lesson thanks Mr John

Thursday, October 20th 2011

thanks a lot a bout the lesson but whats the basic roles for making a sentences?

Thursday, October 20th 2011

    I suppose the most basic rule is that a sentence should have a subject and a verb. But I like to think less of rules and more in relation to what you are trying to communicate.

    Saturday, October 22nd 2011

it was great!

Thursday, October 20th 2011

thank u mr.JON LOVE YOU ^_^

Friday, October 21st 2011

    Hi there, how are you and can we talk on skype to improve our english. Actually i am also learning Arabic so oblige me. وسوف أكون ممتنا لكم.

    Sunday, August 12th 2012

      My id is aman7en on skype.

      Sunday, August 12th 2012

Thanks Sir, very useful

Friday, October 21st 2011

Great lesson!

Friday, October 21st 2011

New one n fantastic,tnx sir.

Friday, October 21st 2011

    its odl 1.

    Sunday, October 23rd 2011

Thanks for this lesson. It’s dificult the pronunciation of contraction “modals + have”, This lesson resolve the problem.

Friday, October 21st 2011

It was great! I didn’t know this! thank you!

Friday, October 21st 2011

good lessons

Friday, October 21st 2011

Frankly, your announcements was not clear. Do you know why? because You you explained quickly that I did not understand that I am with you I wish to explain to me and when to use this lesson is clear and thank you, Sir John

Saturday, October 22nd 2011

thank you Mr JON

Saturday, October 22nd 2011

    Russians, Country men, friends how are you lady, how is russia, when i will be in russia i’ll definitely meet you add me on skype as aman7en.

    Sunday, August 12th 2012

thnx alot!

Sunday, October 23rd 2011

Thank yu… gud lesson… :)
Mr Jon

Sunday, October 23rd 2011

    have u learnt english from this site. answer me ,please.

    Sunday, March 25th 2012

You’re the best. I do like you. I’ve never imagined that I could speak english. Thanks Engvid.

Sunday, October 23rd 2011

thank you Mr.Jonh

Sunday, October 23rd 2011

thank u varry much mr jon.

Monday, October 24th 2011

hello to everyone i’m a n english student and i think websites like this are very very useful thanks …

Monday, October 24th 2011

clearly understand !

Tuesday, October 25th 2011

Thanks jon it’s very informative..

Thursday, October 27th 2011

Good lecture..Thanks Jon

Friday, October 28th 2011

thanks thanks

Saturday, October 29th 2011

can you tell me what is the diffrent between

would have , would
could have , could ?
and when can i use them ?

that is all
thank you my teacher :)

Saturday, October 29th 2011

thanks for the providing the such good, and helpful video. I got much information.

Sunday, October 30th 2011

Thanks Jon, this really helped in my assignments.

Sunday, October 30th 2011

4 out of 4..thank you

Monday, October 31st 2011

i started to understand

Wednesday, November 2nd 2011

thanks

Wednesday, November 2nd 2011

Sorry,Jon, I dont understand, tell me,When do WE use the words would, should and could? What is it case in?

Thursday, November 3rd 2011

thanks Jon, i liked it

Sunday, November 6th 2011

i hope your site help me to speak fluently

Monday, November 7th 2011

Thank you =)

Monday, November 7th 2011

4 out of 4. Thanks so much Jon.

Thursday, November 10th 2011

hi this is cenk from istanbul and heart of the tourism in spice market i work in spice market im making practice everyday but i felt little better when i find to valen on the youtube after here u guys are perfect thanks for all lessons and pretty idoms

Saturday, November 12th 2011

thanks a lot john.

Sunday, November 13th 2011

thanks for everything mr.jhon

Tuesday, November 22nd 2011

Thank you so much, teacher Jon! God bless you!

Monday, November 28th 2011

Thanks very helpfull videos

Thursday, December 1st 2011

i like jon i want him to come to oman
i like fcbarcelona

Saturday, December 3rd 2011

would have + v3 is present perfect right?

Saturday, December 3rd 2011

this is really very good lesson that i have learnt .thanx once againg

Wednesday, December 7th 2011

i like this

Wednesday, December 7th 2011

thank so much you teach excellent every day I learn

Thursday, December 8th 2011

thank you Jon
I want to listen and speak english
what do I do?

Thursday, December 8th 2011

thanks son mucho i appreciate your class and i think i learn a little bit more.
I will understand this lenguge more each more

Tuesday, December 13th 2011

Great…

Thursday, December 22nd 2011

thnk you so much.these videos are of great help.can add more videos.

Friday, December 23rd 2011

hi ! thanks 4 lesson…
i have a question that what’s the difference between infinitive and bare infinitive?

Thursday, December 29th 2011

thanx alot mr: jon

Friday, January 6th 2012

Thank you Jon. I believe this is a common mistake for a native speaker.
If this helps Engstud:
Infinitive: “to work”, “to have”, etc.
Base form (or bare infinitive): “work”, “have”
Thanks Jon

Friday, January 6th 2012

I would be very thankful to Engvid team.this is very useful website to me.Thanks again!!!!!

Sunday, January 15th 2012

Hi Jon!
I’ve got a problem with your first sentence. You said: “I would have picked you up, but I ran out of gasoline.”
In Hungary I learned Conditional this way:
“I would have picked you up, but I HAD run out of gas.”
Your second example is in the same form as mine, but I really don’t know why you used simple past intstead of past perfect.
Can you help me, please? Thanks, and best regards from Hungary!

Tuesday, January 17th 2012

All right Jon! It is all clear!
I didn’t notice the conjunction. It is BUT, not if.
:-)

Tuesday, January 17th 2012

This lesson is not good because you are just write some sentence and right about grammar. But you explain it is not clear and does not have more example. And explain how to use could have , should have or would have. However I would have thank to your lesson

Tuesday, January 17th 2012

thanks for this great lesson. now i understood. but could you plz explain what is the difference between rather or either in your next lesson.

Thursday, January 19th 2012

I liked the lesson very much, and could you please make a video about WISH and its rules? It’d be very interesting a lesson about this. Thanks

Thursday, January 19th 2012

hi jon i love u

Thursday, February 2nd 2012

    Me too baby, join me on skype as aman7en i hope we will improve our english.

    Sunday, August 12th 2012

thank you very good tips

Wednesday, February 8th 2012

Hi.. is rather Verb?

Jon _____ rather ride his bike than take the bus.

cos u told to put Base form of verb after MODAL.. pls clarify

Wednesday, February 8th 2012

hi jhon
i really enjoy your lessons. I think you are great teacher.this topics are really helpfull for me .

Wednesday, February 29th 2012

very poor explanation

Saturday, March 10th 2012

Hi,
This was a good lesson. I’ve already seen this mistake on e-mails. Anyway, I wonder if you can please explain more the pronunciation of these modals as a native speaker (when it’s contracted)including might have + PP. Ronnie has a video similiar like this one but she didn’t include the pronunciation of might. I would like to know how it sounds when spoken.

Thanks

Saturday, March 10th 2012

that is nice

Saturday, March 24th 2012

Hello!
I’d like to know about using those Would’ve,should’ve,could’ve.I mean when and where I can use them and how do I use ?
Thank you!!!

Monday, April 9th 2012

i still dizzy about question number 2.
Can u sir explain me?

Wednesday, April 11th 2012

i want to ask if my choose is right

*people next door are very noisy! i wish they …….

1.to stop
2.(would stop)
3.have stopped
4.will stop

Saturday, April 21st 2012

another one sir

*the doctor will see you as soon as he………

1.possible
2.(could)
3.can
4.will be able

that’s alright answer?

Saturday, April 21st 2012

how can i know when to use could,should,would in sentence its so confusing for me pliss help..thank you

Monday, April 30th 2012

Dear Jon,
thank you very much for your lesson. I have a question out of your subject: the place of comma. As in another lesson, if you put a comma between to sentences that is incorect. I mean there is not a comma before “but” anf “if” in your two first examples. Is that right? Thank you!

Friday, May 4th 2012

Thank u mentor

Monday, May 28th 2012

veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy poor explanation

Friday, June 1st 2012

hey john ,thanku so much , your videos are very informative with ease of grammer learning ,and test pattern is alo nice ,,good work john,………..

Saturday, June 9th 2012

thank you…but too short…..anyway I like it

Thursday, June 21st 2012

Can you please share a video on how to use would/could/should in spoken/conversation english

Saturday, June 23rd 2012

Thanks a lot!

Wednesday, August 1st 2012

thanks, the videos are excellent to learn the pronunciation of english

Tuesday, September 18th 2012

Thank you John, it was nice video lesson.

Tuesday, September 25th 2012

great lesson

Saturday, October 13th 2012

Thank you!

Thursday, November 1st 2012

very useful lesson!

Wednesday, November 7th 2012

Thanks a lot , I’ve ( I of //this is wrong//. ) got 100

Monday, November 26th 2012

thank you so very much

Tuesday, November 27th 2012

sir , U explained in very brief , U could have explain this by some more examples . Even exercise were also very few . Sir but any how Thank u ,Sir . It such a wonderful lesson that we need to speak in day to day life .

Sunday, December 16th 2012

thank u good lesson.
but i don’t know this means.
i’d like to lean more thay means and how to use.
could u teach me about that??

Tuesday, December 25th 2012

god bless to engvid

Tuesday, January 29th 2013

Thanks for this great video. I do have a question. At the beginning of it, you said something like “I got” would’ve, could’ve… Or maybe you said “I’ve got” would’ve … so my question is which one did you say? I mean, I just can not tell the difference when people say “I got” or ” I’ve got”. Nor do I know when to use which.

Similarly, I can not tell the contraction “I’d” is for would or had.

Thanks for reading my questions. Looking forward to your reply or maybe a great video on this.

Monday, February 11th 2013

Thank you John. I really appreciate your lessons. You are a good teacher, thank you:)

Saturday, February 23rd 2013

thanks

Saturday, February 23rd 2013

Mr. Jon.. when i should use “should, would and could” in the sentence…?

thank u.. :)

Saturday, March 2nd 2013

Can I ask you question? In this sentence (found in the dictionary) why has “WOULD BE BOXED IN” been used instead of “WOULD HAVE BEEN BOXED IN”? The whole sentence is in the past tense and the fact that her son could have been boxed in didn’t happen! Look: “She didn’t want to send her son to a school where he woud be boxed in by so many rules and regulations”…I really don’t get it, and many times I’ve found this sort of sentence…

Sunday, March 3rd 2013

how about this.Harry’s daughter must have spent much of her time in hospital due to the illness. Harry and Sally would not have had a vacation in two year.

Thursday, March 14th 2013

Thank you for this lesson. It was great.

Monday, June 3rd 2013

I didnt know about this mistake , I mean I’ve never used Should of instead of Should’ve
thanks for this lesson anyway

Monday, June 24th 2013

Thanks Jon….

Sunday, July 28th 2013

thank Jon…

Saturday, December 21st 2013

Thanks Jon. If it’s possible for you to make a video explaining when to use “can, will” in comparison to modal verbs (could, would). Thank you in advance.

Wednesday, June 25th 2014

Hey Jon! How can i down this lessons substitle?

Thursday, July 10th 2014

Incredible!Thank you a billion times!

Saturday, July 12th 2014

This lesson was very useful to me, ’cause I read a lot of ‘could of’ and ‘would of’ on the internet and it drives me crazy. People should use it only speaking.

Thank you, Jon! :D

Thursday, November 20th 2014

i want to learn the difference between should, could, would. i get confuse while using them.

Thursday, November 27th 2014
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