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a year ago
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Notations and onomatopoea in essay
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So i am currently working on my essays and I'm having some ideas but the thing is that i don't know whether writing words like 'ohh' , 'ah' or maybe 'haha' would become too informal . And the other thing is that can we address the reader directly like ' what do you think' or ask rhetorical questions such as 'isn't is right' or etc. Can you help me out whether these things are allowed or not.

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a year ago

So for these college essays you want to be as creative as possible. These essays are where you show off your creative writing skills and your personality. So anything is fair game for these. These essays aren't your traditional formal essays graded by your english teacher. These are read by admissions officers looking to find out more about you. So anything that will help an officer learn about you will help, whether it's quirky writing or conversational structure etc. Also having rhetorical questions and a variety of sentence structures will definitely help your essay stand out and make it more enjoyable to read, which is what admissions officers want. So yes, be informal and unique or do whatever you think reflects you and will make your essay interesting.

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a year ago

Yes anything is allowed. Conversational essays and stories are very interacting for a reader. But if you feel it to be too informal, just tweak your sentences by a bit so as to balance out the formal and informal parts of your essay.

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