contractions in personal statements

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contractions in personal statements

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:30 pm

should they be used or not?

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SumStalwart
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Re: contractions in personal statements

Postby SumStalwart » Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:21 pm

I avoided them. They seem a little too casual, for me. That isn't to say that I haven't seen some amazing PS's that used contractions. Try it out with contractions, and, if it seems too awkward, get rid of them.

Are you going to have TLS look over your PS? If that's the case, just write it and show it to us.

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Re: contractions in personal statements

Postby Cobretti » Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:23 pm

Sum is right. It is totally fine to use them, but just make sure it fits with what you're saying.

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Re: contractions in personal statements

Postby LoveLife89 » Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:24 pm

Avoid. It is really shocking that people other basic gramma rules. Contractions are for colloquial writing. Unless you see your PS as such, it should not be used. Check the Purdue owl or Stanford or any other grammatical search.

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Re: contractions in personal statements

Postby paratactical » Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:28 pm

LoveLife89 wrote: It is really shocking that people other basic gramma rules.

This sentence negates your ability to comment on grammar choices with any seriousness.

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Re: contractions in personal statements

Postby Cobretti » Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:30 pm

I am looking for the link right now... but I know for a fact I've read adcoms that said contractions were acceptable. Speaking slightly colloquially can create a more personal experience for the reader, and let them get a better feel for you, so some prefer it. Everyone is different though, so can't use that as a blanket statement.

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Re: contractions in personal statements

Postby LoveLife89 » Wed Oct 24, 2012 1:03 am

paratactical wrote:
LoveLife89 wrote: It is really shocking that people other basic gramma rules.

This sentence negates your ability to comment on grammar choices with any seriousness.


haha, I apologize. I typed that on my phone.

http://www.waycross.edu/faculty/selby/1101/rules.html
http://blog.paperrater.com/2010/02/contractions.html
http://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/contractions.htm

Just a few....I cannot find the Purdue Owl and Stanford tip, but these should do.




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