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Use contractions in your college essays

Maria2001Maria2001 2 replies15 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
I was wondering if it was acceptable to write with contractions like "I'm" instead of "I am" in college admissions essays?
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  • skieuropeskieurope 39280 replies7020 threadsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
  • LindagafLindagaf 9245 replies497 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Yes, but be choosy. Sometimes it can sound too formal or too informal, but it depends entirely on context. Using contractions is a good way to cut down on the word count.
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  • jameshomiesjameshomies 28 replies8 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I do it cut down on word count, but I use both depending on how my essay works.
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  • PublisherPublisher 8102 replies82 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Depends upon the reader. If you have to ask, then do not do it.
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  • intparentintparent 36291 replies644 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I see no problem with it.
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  • NCboymomNCboymom 17 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    With the word count restrictions sometimes it's necessary. My son asked quite a few people and most everyone agreed with use them if you need to use them.
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  • w00pw00pw00pw00p 98 replies10 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Don't forget your hyphens to reduce word count as well :)
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  • whitetulipswhitetulips 2 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Contradictions are too informal to use in a college essay. I would avoid using them.
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  • literallyliteralliterallyliteral 263 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    A college essay is more about personal insight and personality than how strong your academic writing is. I would outright *recommend* using contractions where you see fit.
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  • collegemom9collegemom9 795 replies30 threadsRegistered User Member
    My son's essay coach discouraged it unless absolutely necessary to save a word.
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  • WindipWindip 8 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I did and I was accepted ED and received very positive feedback on my essay.
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  • TheSATTeacherTheSATTeacher 236 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Contractions aren't a problem. Academic papers in the humanities often use contractions these days. If they can use them for a formal journal article, you can use them for a personal essay.

    People working in academic environments these days try to be as unstuffy and egalitarian as they can be. This is especially true of admissions officers, whose job requires them to be very socially conscious.
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