Which would be the best way to correct this sentence?

  • "An adjustments been made to your account."

Is it correct to add an apostrophe ("an adjustment's been made")? Or should the long version be used instead ("an adjustment has been")?

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    I would stick to formal English for such a message: "An adjustment has been made to your account." – Mick Dec 19 '16 at 20:13
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    In informal speech (whether spoken or transcribed) it would be common to say "An adjustment's been made", but "An adjustment has been made" should be used in formal/official communications. – Hot Licks Dec 19 '16 at 20:25
  • And there's always the option of specifying the person or entity that did the adjusting: "X has adjusted your account." This remains a valid option even if you choose to adopt the institutional "we": "We have adjusted your account." – Sven Yargs Dec 20 '16 at 3:45

To answer your first question, if you choose to use a contraction, the apostrophe is obligatory, not merely correct.

An adjustment's been made to your account.

To answer your second question, you should probably use the "long version" anyway.

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