Y250: Contractions?

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Y250: Contractions?

Postby abcde12345 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:12 am

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Re: Y250: Contractions?

Postby WhiteyCakes » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:28 am

Whatever is correct in Microsoft Word I would imagine

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Re: Y250: Contractions?

Postby ph14 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:33 pm

abcde12345 wrote:Can I use contractions in my 250? Or is this "cheating" the word count?


Don't use contractions in professional writing. Edit your piece to fit under 250 words without any contractions.

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Re: Y250: Contractions?

Postby voytek » Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:32 pm

ph14 wrote:
abcde12345 wrote:Can I use contractions in my 250? Or is this "cheating" the word count?


Don't use contractions in professional writing. Edit your piece to fit under 250 words without any contractions.


+1. Using contractions to game the word limit at the expense of style mightn't be a good idea.

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Re: Y250: Contractions?

Postby Rock4321 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:42 pm

I used contractions in my Yale 250-- I don't think it's a problem. The essay is more akin to a creative writing assignment than a formal piece, so I think you'd be fine taking some liberties with the rules of academic writing.

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Re: Y250: Contractions?

Postby ph14 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:52 pm

Rock4321 wrote:I used contractions in my Yale 250-- I don't think it's a problem. The essay is more akin to a creative writing assignment than a formal piece, so I think you'd be fine taking some liberties with the rules of academic writing.


It's not a huge issue. But that doesn't mean you should do it.

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Re: Y250: Contractions?

Postby spicyyoda17 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:09 pm

It depends on the content and style of the 250.

If it's an academic 250 with a formal tone, do not use contractions. This will read like an essay/book and won't present any problems.

If you take a more personal approach, contractions are fine. This will read more like a conversation and will be okay so long as you don't confuse being personal with being unprofessional.

In sum, whichever style/tone best fits the content of the 250 should determine the use, if any, of contractions.

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Re: Y250: Contractions?

Postby abcde12345 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:46 pm

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