Using Contactions

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matt690
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Using Contactions

Postby matt690 » Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:31 pm

Should I avoid this in my personal statement? Most articles say spell out the full words for college essays - does the same apply for law school essays?

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Re: Using Contactions

Postby PKozi » Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:34 pm

Yes. You should also avoid using contractions.

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Re: Using Contactions

Postby postn0bills » Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:34 pm

spell it out.

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Dany
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Re: Using Contactions

Postby Dany » Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:36 pm

Use whatever sounds better. I used a couple contractions in mine. I think a more conversational and personal tone is better in a lot of cases, and sometimes contractions fit better with that. It doesn't really matter either way, though.

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Re: Using Contactions

Postby JustE » Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:43 pm

PKozi wrote:Yes. You should also avoid using contractions.


:lol:

I was advised to stay away from them as well. I'd do it if I were you.

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Re: Using Contactions

Postby MrPapagiorgio » Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:46 pm

I learned to not use contractions in formal written work in 7th grade. Do not use them.
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Dany
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Re: Using Contactions

Postby Dany » Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:48 pm

A personal statement is not a formal written work. It's personal.

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Re: Using Contactions

Postby MrPapagiorgio » Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:50 pm

Dany wrote:A personal statement is not a formal written work. It's personal.

Part of your application to a professional school. I stand by what I said.

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Re: Using Contactions

Postby Dany » Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:52 pm

Oh give me a break. I used contractions sparingly in my personal statement and did just fine. Admissions committee members are real human beings that want to get to know applicants (to the extent they even read personal statements at all), and you can be a good writer and still use contractions. It's really not a big deal in something personal and narrative in nature, like a PS.

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Re: Using Contactions

Postby JustE » Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:16 pm

Dany wrote:Oh give me a break. I used contractions sparingly in my personal statement and did just fine. Admissions committee members are real human beings that want to get to know applicants (to the extent they even read personal statements at all), and you can be a good writer and still use contractions. It's really not a big deal in something personal and narrative in nature, like a PS.


While I agree, please keep in mind that it only takes one asshole on an adcomm to screw you. Why take the chance?

Don't use 'em.

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Re: Using Contactions

Postby Dany » Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:17 pm

It's legitimately not a "chance" or a "risk" because they will not care.

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Re: Using Contactions

Postby Xifeng » Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:19 pm

If the tone/topic is a more casual one, I'm sure it's fine. Also, if they're going to keep you from going over two pages, use them.

I tend to write in a more formal tone so mine didn't have them, but I used a shit ton on my 1L finals and did fine.

Maybe err on the side of none, but if it sounds really stilted and weird without them, then use them. I highly doubt you'd get dinged for that :|




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