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Chapter 27. Spelling Ace > Good Things Come in Small Packages: Contractions - Pg. 313

Spelling Ace 1. 2. 3. Open compounds are written as two words: cedar shingles, night shift. Closed compounds are written as one word: handbook, northeast. Hyphenated compounds have a hyphen: comparison-contrast, nurse-practitioner. 313 The rule:Don't drop or add letters in compound words. Author! Author! The only 15-letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable. Facetious and ab- stemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning "containing arsenic." Good Things Come in Small Packages: Contractions Contractions, such as can't, don't, and didn't, add an informal tone to your writing, which helps you achieve your purpose and meet your audience's needs. Contractions are especially useful when