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Is it okay to use abbreviations in a college essay?

Hi everyone, I'm wondering if it's acceptable to use abbreviations (like 'etc.' or 'e.g.') in a college essay, or if it's better to write everything out completely. Please let me know your thoughts! Thanks!

9 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're paying attention to the small details in your college essay. While using abbreviations like 'etc.' and 'e.g.' is not exactly prohibited, it's generally a good idea to avoid them, and instead, opt for writing everything out more formally. College essays are the perfect opportunity to showcase your writing abilities and demonstrate your proficiency in the English language, so it's best to keep things polished.

For example, instead of using 'e.g.', try writing 'for example,' which does not add too many additional words and helps maintain the clarity and flow of your writing.

Remember, the essay is your chance to make a great impression, so focusing on using clear and concise language will help set you apart! Best of luck with your applications!

9 months ago

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