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  1. Avoid using contractions in formal writing. A contraction is a combination of two words as one, such as "don't," "can't," and "isn't." The use of contractions is inappropriate in formal legal writing. Replace them with the two-word version of the contraction. (来源:英语麦当劳-英语快餐EnglishCN.com)

  在正式写作中应避免使用缩写形式。 缩写即是将两个词合二为一,比如 "don't," "can't," 和"isn't"。在正式的法律文书中使用缩写形式是不规范的。

  Incorrect: He can't guarantee that the defendant will appear because the defendant hasn't called him in several days.

  Correct: He can not guarantee that the defendant will appear because the defendant has not called him in several days.

  2. Remember: "It's" is the contraction of "it is." The term "its" is the singular possessive of "it." The term "it's," by contrast, is the contraction of "it is."

  记住:“It's”是“it is”的缩写形式,而“its”是“it”的单数所有格形式。

  Correct use as Possessive: 所有格的正确使用:

  My '68 Mustang is on its last journey.

  Correct use as Contraction: 缩写形式的正确使用:

  It's a long way from Tipperary.

  Cross References: Apostrophes, Possessives 参考:省略符号,所有格

 
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