Avoid Contractions In Essays

Likewise, when it comes to writing, some ways of expressing yourself are more formal than others, and different contexts come with different expectations about what is appropriate.

In the middle of the spectrum you have things like these blog posts.

In today’s text-speaking, emoji-using, open world, it’s commonplace to use contractions to mimic the spoken word. Let’s start with a brief discussion of when contractions are acceptable.

After all, who among us speaks formally all the time? When you’re writing conversationally, like a blog entry or an email to a friend or family member, you can let your writing reflect the way you speak.

In other words, don’t use contractions in any academic writing unless you’re directly quoting someone or in a passage that contains contractions. Expert, and her exact words were, “I’ve never seen these results before,” then that is EXACTLY how you write it—just as she said it.

For example, “We’ve seen that children who eat breakfast perform better” is fine for your blog but in a formal paper, you’d write, “We have seen that children…” But if you’re quoting Dr. In a cover letter accompanying your resume for a job application, avoid contractions.

If you are engaged in formal writing, I would suggest that you avoid using all contractions.

This includes cover letters, résumés, theses, essays, etc.

For example, “I’ve” is the contraction for “I have.” As you can see, the “h” and “a” have been omitted and the remaining letters of the two words have been connected by an apostrophe.

For a longer list of commonly used English contractions, see the post entitled Commonly Used Contractions.


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