When addressing a professional audience, be careful using words that aren’t spelled the way they sound. Some examples to avoid:
“Could of”: It should be “could have” or “could’ve.” The same rule applies to “would have.” Example: Tom could have completed the spreadsheets in time, if it hadn’t been for the power outage.
“Gotta”: It should be “got to.” Example: You have got to see this!
Reader Rebecca Nelson tells us that the latter is one of her pet grammar peeves. She writes, “You’ve gotta see this! You gotta have one! How do I explain that they are actually saying ‘You have got to…’?”
- 14 Tips on Business Etiquette No matches