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Contractions?
« on: September 08, 2008, 08:24:23 PM »
To all of you out there drafting a PS (or anyone who's already written one) -- Did you use contractions? Does anyone care?

Here's my philosophy. Feel free to respond with yours.

I've been writing for newspapers for the last three years, so I try to make everything I write as concise and as readable as possible. To me, very formally written statements often don't read well because we've become so reliant on contractions in everyday speech. I usually read my copy out loud, or at least consciously sound it out in my head, to make sure it flows.

So, since I'm talking about myself in the PS and trying to make sure I come across as a real person, it would seem to benefit me to sound somewhat conversational.Then again, this is a formal occasion, so ...

Any opinions?

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Re: Contractions?
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2008, 08:25:40 PM »
I agree with you.  I'm using contractions. 

I think I read somewhere that this isn't supposed to be a formal academic piece, so it's acceptable.  If I figure out where I got that from, I'll share.
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Re: Contractions?
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2008, 08:45:11 PM »
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Re: Contractions?
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2008, 11:58:22 AM »
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Be less paranoid. It's a reasonable question... or should that be It is a reasonable question!


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Re: Contractions?
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2008, 12:10:17 PM »
It's a reasonable question... or should that be It is a reasonable question!


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Re: Contractions?
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2008, 12:29:25 PM »
Well, just this *one* time...I disagree.  I used contractions last year and still got in.  I stand by my comment that this isn't an academic paper so some contractions are ok.  I think these essays can sound really stilted if you don't...err..do not.
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Re: Contractions?
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2008, 12:39:04 PM »
Ok good :)  We're in agreement again.  unshun  ;)
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Re: Contractions?
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2008, 01:34:13 PM »
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Be less paranoid. It's a reasonable question... or should that be It is a reasonable question!


Sorry, I forget other people eschew readign actual books in favor of asking in online forums. That they do not endeavour to find the answer on their own...

For what it is worth I listen to Anna Ivey, she knows considerably more then I do. Contractions and split infinitives are not much help if you do use them, and are potentially damaging if you do use them. To me that seems like an easy call.

(Evidence that you got in despite contractions is tangential at best.)
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Re: Contractions?
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2008, 10:26:49 PM »
Not baiting ... I promise. I also wasn't eschewing anything. Not everyone follows the advice he reads in books, so I was curious what other people were doing and why.