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Jane Mairs, Director of English language Learning Publishing
Contractions in academic essays?
Monday August 20th 2012
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Contractions in academic essays?
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Question

Is it okay to use contractions (for example, doesn’t, won’t, or we'll) in academic essays?


Answer

Academic essays are written in formal English. Contractions are used mostly in speech and informal writing, and most teachers discourage their use in academic essays. Contractions are also generally avoided in business reports and journal articles.

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