Tag: professional writing

  • What Are Split Infinitives?

    What Are Split Infinitives?

    One of the first grammar rules I ever learned was to avoid splitting infinitives. While there are many rules that govern how written and spoken English is structured, there are also many different ways to string words together and convey meaning. Indeed, using split infinitives isn’t the worst thing you can do in English writing.…

  • Using Contractions in Formal Writing: Acceptable or Not?

    Using Contractions in Formal Writing: Acceptable or Not?

    What are contractions in writing? Contractions are the abbreviated forms of word combinations, such as “don’t” for “do not” or “isn’t” for “is not.” Contractions are like an appendix; they’re not that pretty, sometimes they get in the way, sometimes they can function just fine, but other times it is necessary to remove them for…

  • Contractions Grammar 101: A Guide With Examples

    Contractions Grammar 101: A Guide With Examples

    If you’re like me, you often feel that there aren’t enough hours in the day. There’s never any time to play video games or exercise. There’s no time to study or to get into Stanford. You, me, Jessie Spano — we’ll take any shortcuts we can get if it means regaining just a few precious moments of…