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Miss Mary Beth

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January 4, 2012

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Might could

  • January 4, 2012, 3:23pm

I logged on to this discussion because I was curious about whether or not the usage of "might could" was standard English grammar.

I thought that perhaps it might have been more commonly used at one time in our past and then had fallen out of use in some regions as those local dialects were modified having been influenced in unique ways by the various immigrant groups settling in those areas.

I certainly didn't expect to find a debate about preferred colloquialisms, accents, idioms, and perceptions of intellect or lack thereof. While I agree that one should be able to use Standard English when the occasion calls for it, I don't believe I have ever heard anyone actually speak Standard American English during informal situations.

I try to present it to my 7th grade students as a foreign language that will be necessary for them to know in order to communicate with others outside of their immediate realm. It is a struggle, though, because Standard English feels unnatural in their mouths and sounds foreign to their ears, and seems elitist to their sensibilities. This is true in all regions of the United States, since each area has its own regional dialect.

To those of you who have contributed actual facts, I give you my thanks for increasing my knowledge. I give my admiration to those of you who have retained a civil tongue in the face of uncouth behavior. To the others who have allowed themselves to behave unmannerly, perhaps you might better expend your passions on topics of greater importance on the grand scheme of things (poverty, injustice, and the like).

Or, you might could just chill out in front of the boob tube with a brewsky and a cheese steak. God Bless America!