I have a note on an academic paper to "avoid using contractions" and I do not know what that means.

See example:

It has been said that it takes more faith to believe in evolution than in creation and I would not only agree but also include atheism, humanism, and naturalism.
asked May 24 '13 at 21:09 Taunya Dornbusch New member

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Contractions are words that are shortened by leaving out letters. An apostrophe is used to represent the missing letters.

do not =don't

cannot = can't

you are = you're

they are =they're.


There are many, many others.

link comment answered May 24 '13 at 22:19 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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