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    There are always people that go wild on Hallowe'en

    Please correct the mistakes in my short passage.

    There are always people that go wild on Hallowe'en. I remember last year, a bunch of kids threw eggs and toilet paper at their neighbors houses. The neighbors called the police as this was clearly a vandalism act, but the cops said that it was not a big deal since it was Hallowe'en and the children were below 16. I didn't know it was legal to do stuff like that. If it'd been my house I would've prolly filled a bucket up with cold water and soak those little bastards.
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    Re: There are always people that go wild on Hallowe'en

    Quote Originally Posted by NamelessKing View Post
    Please correct the mistakes in my short passage.

    There are always people that go wild on Hallowe'en. I remember last year, a bunch of kids threw eggs and toilet paper at their neighbors' houses. The neighbors called the police as it was clearly an act of vandalism, but the cops said that it was not a big deal since it was Hallowe'en and the children were under 16. I didn't know it was legal to do stuff like that. If it had been my house I would've probably filled a bucket up with cold water and soaked those little bastards.
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    Re: There are always people that go wild on Hallowe'en

    Is it wrong to use contractions in written English? Particularly with "had" and "would" as in she'd, he'd, it'd, and so forth.
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    Re: There are always people that go wild on Hallowe'en

    is it wrong to use contractions in written English?

    No, but in my opinion the point of a contraction is to make the phrase shorter, not make an ugly sound (it-ud).

    He'd, she'd and you'd perform the work of normal contractions.
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    Re: There are always people that go wild on Hallowe'en

    Quote Originally Posted by NamelessKing View Post
    Is it wrong to use contractions in written English? Particularly with "had" and "would" as in she'd, he'd, it'd, and so forth.
    It can be in more formal texts.

    However, when transcribing a text such as this which I take it is meant to be spoken, then it's quite appropriate.

    You should know that it's not anywhere near as common to contract it would to it'd than to contract he would and she would but if that's what you want your reader to hear when they read it, then that's what you should use.
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    #6

    Re: There are always people that go wild on Hallowe'en

    There are always people who go wild on Hallowe'en.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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