Taming the Monster
The simplest way to avoid this issue is to not use contractions. However, eliminating them can sound very stiff and overly formal. That said, there are many resources to help you ensure you’re creating the right impression when you are using them. One online resource is grammar-monster.com. There is a simple list of common contractions and what words make them up. Apostrophes can get pretty unwieldy as they’re used for contractions and possessives—and there are traps within both areas.
You also can find websites that will check your grammar for free—however, like spell check, they’re not perfect and will not catch some contractions. It’s better to create a habit of confident contraction usage than having a crutch for your written communication. You may have noticed that there are more than a dozen contractions within this post. Contractions are conversational and part of our everyday correspondence. Embrace them and differentiate yourself from the poor souls who haven’t grasped their power.