On the formal end of the spectrum, you have the scholarly writing you do for classroom assignments, theses and dissertations, and publications.
On the formal end of the spectrum, you have the scholarly writing you do for classroom assignments, theses and dissertations, and publications. Contractions are also generally avoided in business reports and journal articles.
Okay, so we know that contractions are fine for informal, conversational writing and to accurately depict common speech in fiction writing. Generally speaking, avoid contractions in formal writing, such as business letters, essays, technical papers, and research papers.
Now that we know what a contraction is, we must determine when we should avoid them or use them.
The answer lies in the formality of the document that you are preparing.
You can even use this informal, conversational approach when you’re writing a novel and want your characters’ voices to sound natural.
For example, which of these sentences reads more like natural speech?