Contractions are a great way to give your writing a more conversational and personal feel. Use them when it feels natural to do so.


  • Use common contractions in the same places you would use them if you were speaking to someone.
  • Avoid using uncommon or unnatural sounding contractions.
We've updated your application.We have updated your application.
Only when there are 4 errors.Only when there're 4 errors.
I'm not at liberty to say.I ain't at liberty to say.