Every week, my non-native English speaking friends and I meet to learn English from one another. Someone made the comment below.

(1a) A few of our non-native English speaking friends seem to be more interested in English as a text-book exercise, rather than a living language to help people communicate. They never use contracted forms. Any sentence - unless in a textbook - which eschews contracted forms is automatically not good.

Most of my other friends think you can't use "eschew" this way even though it means "avoid" because it savors of total rejection with some degree of hatred.

Is it correct to use the verb in this context? I really appreciate the time you spend clarifying things about grammar and vocabulary. Thank you very much.

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