When Did I'd've Become a Word?

One of my students wrote this on a college application essay.  Imagine writing “I’d’ve come over if you asked.” (I’d’ve = I would have).

Seems like the English language has become so informal that rules for punctuation and contractions are arbitrary. 

Believe it or not, it’s actually in the dictionary and everywhere online. 

Check this out:

Definition of 'I'd've'

English: I'd've

I'd've in British

(ˈaɪdəv)

contraction of

informal

I would have

I can't understand why I'd've bothered to do that.

Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers

 

I refuse to use “I’d’ve” and encourage all of my college-bound students to refrain from using it in their college application essays.  Yikes!

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