Are you allowed to use contractions in essays?
It’s acceptable to use contractions for informal writing, such as a newspaper article, but less so in formal writing, such as an essay for a college course. Traditionally, use of contractions has been strictly forbidden in academic writing. You might remember a teacher at some point who told you never to use them.
When can you use a contraction?
We use contractions (I’m, we’re) in everyday speech and informal writing. Contractions, which are sometimes called ‘short forms’, commonly combine a pronoun or noun and a verb, or a verb and not, in a shorter form. Contractions are usually not appropriate in formal writing.
Why are contractions not allowed in formal writing?
Using contractions in formal writing such as scholarly works, rsums, essays, or publications is often frowned upon because some people believe that contractions weaken a statement or make the writing seem too casual for the situation.