7. Contractions

You already know that contractions aren't acceptable in essays, but sometimes it's best to avoid them in "real life" as well.

While they're fine to use when you're trying to appear casual or say something short, breaking apart the word can make you sound more forceful.

"I would never go out with him" sounds more serious than "I wouldn't go out with him," so avoid contractions when you want to make a bold point.

These words are fine to use every once in a while (after all, I've used most of them in this article).

However, you should cut down on them, especially in professional situations.

What words do you hate to hear people use?

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