In today’s text-speaking, emoji-using, informal world, it’s commonplace to use contractions to mimic the spoken word—after all, who among us speaks formally all the time? But when is it not okay to use them?
English editing requires us to manage contractions correctly. For example, we may come across some dialogue with exchanges such as, “I ain’t saying Dr. Jones wouldn’t’ve done that.” “What y’all lookin’ at?” It’s important that we understand how contractions work and how to set them out properly. A contraction occurs where letters have been omitted […]