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Contractions...yay or nay?

Contractions...yay or nay?
« on: September 02, 2004, 10:27:33 AM »
I know that formal papers in college usually prohibit these, but the PS seems to be a bit more informal. Are you going to be using these? Also, I don't mean "ain't" or other white trash lingo. Just simple contractions.

jacy85

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Re: Contractions...yay or nay?
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2004, 10:31:26 AM »
nay

M2

Re: Contractions...yay or nay?
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2004, 10:39:38 AM »
100% nay with a side order of "definitely not"

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Re: Contractions...yay or nay?
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2004, 10:43:56 AM »
To expound on my "nay," your PS is NOT more casual than another piece of writing.  It may have a different style than that thesis you're writing, but casual isn't where you want to take it.

The PS is first and foremost a way to show adcoms about yourself, soemthign unique, something that doesn't come out elsewhere in the app.  BUT it's also a writing sample.  So much of being a lawyer is writing and drafting briefs and memoranda.  They need some assurance that they're not accepting someone that can barely string two sentences together.

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Re: Contractions...yay or nay?
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2004, 11:10:41 AM »
i say ... maybe ... depends on your PS and its general tone/theme. 

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Re: Contractions...yay or nay?
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2004, 11:16:33 AM »
yay

Re: Contractions...yay or nay?
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2004, 11:57:49 AM »
Jus' so long as y'know that when those contractions start coming a minute or two apart, it's time t'go t'the hospital, hon'.

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Re: Contractions...yay or nay?
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2004, 01:48:55 PM »
NFW

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Re: Contractions...yay or nay?
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2004, 12:19:21 PM »
Never, unless you're trying to be going to Cooley law.