Answered By: Writing Center
Last Updated: Nov 16, 2015     Views: 1

As a rule of thumb, it is best to avoid the use of contractions in academic writing. The only exceptions would be the use of direct quotes containing contractions or when writing a piece for a creative writing class. Overall, just avoid contractions altogether.
Example:
Rural homelessness isn't something that people think about often, if at all. Mothers and their children don't have access to healthcare and other necessities that other in America couldn't conceive of living without it. It's an issue that should've been taken seriously a lot sooner.
Without Contractions:
Rural homelessness is not something that people think about often, if at all. Mothers and their children do not have access to healthcare and other necessities that other in America could not conceive of living without it. It is an issue that should have been taken seriously a lot sooner.


Contractions distract from the academic nature and tone of your writing. Avoiding them will allow for a more scholarly presentation of your writing overall.

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