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Contractions in memoir? (1 Viewer)

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I have received a positive response from a regional publisher who specializes in this kind of material after submitting three stories of my memoir of growing up in an isolated community on the central coast of of British Columbia Canada in the 1950s and 1960s.

He now wants to see my entire manuscript.

The irritating thing for me now is that my spell-checker wants me to not use contractions.

The writing style I'm using is a casual conversational style, as if I'm telling you a tale over a beer so I frequently write things like "I didn't know at the time that I wasn't allowed to take my grandfather's boat without permission." The spell checker then insists that I should be writing "did not" and "was not."

It's a pain in the ***.


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Strange. I've never seen a spell/grammar checker do that. I think contraction use for the writing style you're using makes complete sense.


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It's in your settings. Under File go to Options/Proofing/Writing style/Word displays Grammer & Refinement dialog box/click on settings/you will see all the style checking controls/clear the contractions check box under Formality.
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