Is this a correct sentence?


Hello. . . wanted to know if this was a correct sentence;


We can not believe how difficult.


***I can't use contractions since this is APA format and "grammerly told me this sentence was correct".  Just confused.

asked Jan 14 '14 at 20:35 Dakota Thomas New member

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Your sentence is not a complete sentence, regardless of whether or not you use contractions. You must describe 'what' is difficult in your sentence. You would be wise to clarify all of the general statements in your document. Following is a simple example:


"The English test was incredibly difficult for all of us."

"We all struggled with the English test because the questions were incredibly difficult."


Since I do not know just 'what' was so difficult, I substituted the words 'English test' but you can use either of the sentences above and rewrite it to suit your needs.


Good luck!



link answered Jan 14 '14 at 20:47 Karen OKeefe Contributor

Thank you so much for your help. I seem to be having a hard time using the "grammarly" checker, as I am getting incorrect results.

Dakota ThomasJan 15 '14 at 15:03

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Remember that style and grammar are two different things.  APA is a style commonly used for academic writing.  Using a contraction is not grammatically incorrect. Can't is a completely valid alternative to cannot.  (Cannot is one word.) 


Academic writing is generally formal. The style guide gives direction on how to write in the preferred formal manner.  Usually contractions, slang, and first person narratives are frowned upon in formal writing. Style guides will also tell you whether to write a number out instead of using numerals, how to use references and citations, or format a lengthy quotation.  None of those things are rules of grammar. 


I hope that helps alleviate some of your confusion.   

link comment answered Jan 14 '14 at 22:09 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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