Contractions are a way to combine two words with an apostrophe. Here are some examples:


Should I use contractions in my paper?

Some disciplines do not have a problem with contractions in writing. If you received this comment, though, this assignment requires you to use formal language. You will need to spell out your contractions.

Consider your audience when writing this assignment. If you write casually, they will think that you do not care about your topic. By using formal language, you are showing your audience that you respect them as readers, while simultaneously proving yourself a credible writer.

How can I find and fix contractions?

On most computers, press Ctrl or Cmd and the f key to bring up the Find function. After you have pulled up this search bar, search for common contractions in your paper. You can also read your paper out loud to find the contractions, or ask a friend to read for contractions.