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Using Contractions=No-No?

Luxor

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Using Contractions=No-No?
« on: December 18, 2005, 03:21:47 PM »
Is it considered too informal to use contractions in your personal statement?  During my entire undergraduate career, I avoided them like the plague, but I want my p.s. to come across as natural, fresh, easy-to-read, etc., and contractions make the flow so much more manageable.  What do you guys think?  Can using contractions hurt me? 

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Re: Using Contractions=No-No?
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2005, 03:25:04 PM »
I put them in mine and I'm 2 for 2 so far. The contractions rule goes out the window when you start talking in first person in my opinion. The guidelines you should go by are Strunk and White's, not the ones for a research paper.

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Re: Using Contractions=No-No?
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2005, 05:59:18 PM »
Thanks, guys, and congrats on the acceptances!

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Re: Using Contractions=No-No?
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2005, 08:10:35 PM »
Ya, contractions are fine--they can make your tone seem more natural. Just check in each place you use a contraction--could you use the full words without adding any awkwardness? If so, use the full words. Contractions will help your tone be natural, but too many might get uber-informal.

Good luck!

Dani