Nonstandard Word Form

The words you use in everyday conversation are often different from the words you use in standard written English. While a reader might understand these informal words—gotta, gonna, wanna, kinda—you should not use them in an essay. Here are two examples of informal words used in sentences:

I told her I gotta study for my physics test because if I don't pass it, I can't go the homecoming dance.

I kinda like dancing, even though I'm too shy to ask anyone to dance with me.

Even though you can understand what the writer means, the words gotta and kinda do not exist in standard written English.