The UVic Writer's Guide

Common Problems With Paragraphs

In the outline, you develop a plan which breaks the essay down into sections. Each of these sections forms the basis of a paragraph.

A paragraph is a building block. Paragraphs bring order to the essay, dividing it into comprehensible sections that fit together within a unified whole but also stand as organized units on their own. In a sense a paragraph is a miniature essay in itself, so the success of your paragraphs determines the success of your paper. An essay filled with weak, undeveloped paragraphs will be a weak, undeveloped essay. At the other end of the scale, an essay with long, congested paragraphs will produce mental constipation in the reader.

Summary Of Common Errors

The most common errors in paragraph construction are:

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