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Is it fine to use contractions in my college essay?

I'm currently writing my college essay and I've noticed that I've used a few contractions. I've heard mixed opinions on whether or not to use them. Should I go back and change them or just leave them as is? Any advice would be appreciated.

9 months ago

Hi there! Using contractions in a college essay is a topic that tends to generate differing opinions. Ultimately, it comes down to your writing style and the tone you want to convey in your essay. Some believe that contractions can make an essay sound more casual and less formal, which can be appropriate depending on the topic you're discussing and how you want to come across.

On the other hand, some argue that avoiding contractions can lead to a more polished and professional tone. One thing to consider is the balance you strike between casual and formal language throughout your essay. If you find that the contractions fit well with the voice you're trying to establish, then it might be appropriate to leave them in.

Good luck with your essay!

9 months ago

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