Paragraphs - How to set them out

What is a paragraph?

A paragraph is a group of sentences that share the same idea.

Why do we use paragraphs?

We use paragraphs to structure our writing and make it easier for the reader to follow.

Setting out a paragraph

How do we set out a paragraph?

Paragraphs in any extended piece of typed work should be separated by a blank line. There should be no indenting – all lines start at the left margin.

Example:

My house is situated about a mile from the school. It is set in a residential area on an estate that was built in the 1970s. It is a popular place to live in the Medway Towns as it is quite rural. The area is also well placed for all the conveniences of living. It is near to a number of big towns and it is possible to travel to the city for work.

The house has only had three owners over the last forty years and it has been well maintained. In the front garden, at this time of year, there is the most magnificent magnolia tree which comes into blossom every year. Its beauty is the talk of the neighbours, especially on a sunny day.

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Further notes on paragraphing

In the example on the left, the first paragraph is about where the house is situated. The second paragraph is about the house and garden. Same subject – different ideas.

The paragraphs are separated by a blank line. This is how typed work should be set out.

If the work is handwritten, no blank line should be left between paragraphs, and the first line of the second and subsequent paragraphs should be indented – this means that you start writing about 2cm from the left hand margin.

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