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Ask Jodi: Are contractions OK?

Dear Jodi,

Is it okay to use contractions in my writing?

Jess

 

Dear Jess,

Absolutely. This is another “right tool for the job” issue. Certainly there will be instances when a contraction will sound too informal, but I think there are even more situations when avoidance of contractions sounds stiff. On this subject, I’ll refer you to the explanation offered by the wonderful Grammar Girl— Quick and Dirty Tips, a great resource for many grammar and writing issues.

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