Paragraphs and Essays

Would you believe that paragraphs are a form of punctuation? Well they are. A paragraph contains a topic sentence, several body sentences, and a concluding sentence, all of which tie together to express a single thought. A paragraph should be able to be condensed into one sentence that expresses the same thought as the topic sentence, or in other words a paragraph simply expounds on the topic sentence, while the body sentences present a logical explanation, and the concluding sentence ends the discussion. While there are no hard and fast rules for the length of a paragraph, in essays they are usually four to eight sentences in length, and in complex technical publications a paragraph may take a page or more to express. The keys to a good paragraph are; a topic sentence, several body sentences, a concluding sentence, and a common thought.

Why should we be concerned with the construction and content of a paragraph? As in all studies of grammar the ultimate goal is to improve our abilities to communicate effectively. Paragraphs accomplish this by allowing us to fully express a single thought, and to explain that thought in detail. Learning how to write good paragraphs improves our ability as writers, and communicators.

An essay is simply a series of paragraphs, with a central theme, an opening paragraph, body paragraphs and a concluding paragraph. If this sounds familiar, it should, I used the same terms to describe a paragraph. As paragraphs can be condensed into a sentence an essay should be able to be condensed into a single paragraph and then into a single sentence. In other words properly combined sentences make paragraphs and paragraphs make essays, or book chapters and so on.

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Up to this point I have discussed; the ellipsis, agreement of nouns and verbs, types of sentences, and now the paragraph and essays. If you put all these together you will begin to communicate with your English writing much more effectively. As you can see I am working to present different aspects of the English language in small doses that you can use to improve your skills. English can be fun and easy!

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11 comentários

  • 07/04/11  
    Gabi diz: 1

    I’m always happy when I get to read articles about how to do a piece of work properly. It’s not easy at all. Tips like that are at all times very useful.
    Thanks a lot Bill!

  • 07/04/11  
    Egle diz: 2

    I totally agree that “English can be fun and easy!”

    • 27/08/11  
      Gledson diz:

      English cannot be. It’s Fun and easy!

  • 07/04/11  
    Lourdes diz: 3

    This tips are very useful. I really liked it. It will rich my works .

  • 07/04/11  
    João B. L. Ghizoni diz: 4

    Bill, thanks a lot for such a present. Yes, your post is a present to us!

  • 07/04/11  
    gudmar diz: 5

    It was interesting and a little boring too for me the best way for improving your own english Its just talking with different people Showing Who you are what do you like this things! Paragraphs and essays are things that sometimes block in a chat, but they’re a neecessity When you need learning about grammar But Its not the best way. Cause The English grammar it’s more complex for learning just reading a short text or sentence. It’s better be concerned and improving your own listening than improve grammar by text or paragraphs The real life its When you understand what the people are saying you won’t be concerned in grammar cause We use grammar all the time in portuguese when we are speakind with someone In english works the same way. You won’t need be concerned and improve this things by reading Cause the time its our best teacher You need using what the people are saying Its important! Of course Reading really helps But its not the main goal. You need to be worried about your speaking and your listening . Cause you can be a illiterate and keep talking all the time with everybody. Don’t fight with me Its just my point of view
    And the world don’t need obey my order Lol
    bye thanks

  • 07/04/11  
    sagitarius diz: 6

    thank you, Bill Slayman, you rock! than you, EE, you rock as well! \o/

  • 08/04/11  
    Cledson diz: 7

    Very good, it’s amazing. I realy like it and i can’t express my hapness. Tank you very much!!!!!!

  • 14/04/11  
    Silvana diz: 8

    Hello, Bill!

    Your articles are very helpful. I enjoy reading that. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with us.

    Greetings from Bahia! :-)

  • 19/04/11  
    Camila Lima diz: 9

    Simply outstanding!!!

  • 27/05/11  
    José diz: 10

    it’s a great tip,thanks a lot.