I was told not to use contractions in an essay.
My classmate wrote "the argument of Emily" but I preferred "Emily's argument". He disagreed and claimed "Emily's" is a contraction.
"Emily's" can be a contraction – like when you're saying:
However, you've used a possessive, which is not the same thing as a contraction.
Remember, if you've used a contraction, you should be able to split the word back into two:
But you can't do that with "Emily's argument."
So, I could say:
or, I could say:
but I'd only be using a contraction in the first case.
Well, if one wanted to be very picky, Emily's argument is a contraction of the Old English possessive form
However, unlike the case of something like:
which would be a contraction of
the 's is now considered just a suffix and is not really a contraction of any modern English word.