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Paragraphing

A paragraph
A paragraph is a collection of related sentences dealing with a single topic.

Paragraphing
Its purpose is to for the creation of understandable and coherent paragraphs. Good paragraphing also greatly assists your readers in following a piece of writing.

Some Rules to follow :

  • Keep One Idea to One Paragraph
  • Unity - The entire paragraph should concern itself with a single focus.
  • Coherence - The paragraph should be easily understandable.
  • Logical bridges - The same idea of a topic is carried over from sentence to sentence
  • Key words can be repeated in several sentences
  • Synonymous words can be repeated in several sentences
  • Pronouns can refer to nouns in previous sentences
  • Transition words can be used to link ideas from different sentences

Some methods to make sure your paragraph is well-developed:

  • Use examples and illustrations
  • Cite data (facts, statistics, evidence, details, and others)
  • Examine testimony (what other people say such as quotes and paraphrases)
  • Use an anecdote or story
  • Define terms in the paragraph
  • Compare and contrast
  • Evaluate causes and reasons
  • Examine effects and consequences
  • Analyze the topic
  • Describe the topic
  • Offer a chronology of an event (time segments)