Monday, 26 May 2014
CAE/ CPE When is it OK to use contractions?
Contractions are regarded as informal and spoken. Therefore it is advisable not to use contractions in formal writing.
When doing the writing paper in the CAE or CPE exam, it is important to read the task carefully. The kind of text we have to write will determine whether we use a formal or informal style:
Proposals, reports, essays and letters to the editor or letters of complaint are formal documents. It means it is preferable not use contractions in them.
Letters/e-mails to friends and articles for a students´magazine are informal pieces of writing. It is quite safe to use contraction in them.