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Hmmmmmmmmmmmm......contractions: can't, won't, don't

(4 Posts)
somebloke123 Tue 18-Jun-13 10:24:50

Strictly speaking yes - contractions shouldn't be used in a formal document.

But if it was, for example, a brief introductory users' guide I would quite happily use contractions.

It would depend on the type of document.

Greythorne Mon 17-Jun-13 12:08:11

Ah, I stand corrected!

MumnGran Mon 17-Jun-13 12:04:02

Sorry, but I would agree with the corrections ..... a manual is a formal document.

Greythorne Mon 17-Jun-13 09:20:30

Obviously, in formal writing, contractions are not used. But in business day to day use?

I use them in emails, memos, powerpoints and in internal documents. Recently, I got some feedback from a colleague on a long manual for employees' use and he had gone through and "corrected" every single contraction.

Is he right? The manual will not be published, but it will be available online. I love a bit of pedantry but this seems a bit old school.

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