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I myself am not a native speaker and my english therefore is likely not the best. I recently noticed a trend of people using the phrase "Could off done X". Which irritates me a lot. This has become so frequent, that I am starting to doubt myself and think whether I am wrong here. Other people on the internet don't seem to me as irritated, as I have not found anyone complaining about it (neither on ELL). Please help me out here:

It is "could have done" and never "could off done", right?

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    This phrase (normally spelt with of instead of off, but that doesn't make it any better) has been around for at least several decades, and likely started with a mistranscription of could've.
    – Lawrence
    Jan 21, 2018 at 15:05
  • Soo it is wrong and I am sane?
    – Penguin9
    Jan 21, 2018 at 15:06
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    I'm fairly confident any competent English teacher would mark it down. Sanity is another issue altogether. :)
    – Lawrence
    Jan 21, 2018 at 15:09
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    It's wrong and a person with good high school education should be able to spot it. Could've, should've, might've, would've. That said, it is a spoken form used in dialogues or speech. Not a written form.
    – Lambie
    Jan 21, 2018 at 15:32
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    Not an exact duplicate. Could off as opposed to could of as a phonetic spelling of could have/could have is worth its own question.
    – KarlG
    Jan 21, 2018 at 18:31

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