The paragraph is an important element in English, especially in written communication. A paragraph is a collection of sentences that explains or describes aspects of a single topic or thought. An article may contain many paragraphs arranged on the basis of distinctive thoughts and paragraphs are placed in a sequence that conveys the writer’s thoughts very well to the reader. Extremely well written paragraphs enhance the quality of writing.
The writer makes use of paragraphs to organise thoughts separately and place them into his work. The writer also links the paragraphs to one another so that the article makes sense and is easily understood by the reader. When an article or essay comprises more than one paragraph, it is useful to organise them either chronologically or in a sequence that is logical. While conveying these ideas connective words are very useful.
Good paragraphs always begin with introducing the main idea, developing the idea further with supporting points and also giving an indication as to what the next point will be. A passage or an article is conveying an overall message and the reader gets the message after reading the whole passage. In conveying the overall message the writer uses the paragraphs to place thoughts and ideas in them in support of the main message.
When a reader goes through a passage with disjointed paragraphs he gets confused, whereas in a passage with well coordinated paragraphs he gets the message clearly. Paragraphs are powerful tools that a writer can use to get across his message clearly and they must be used to maximum advantage.
Paragraphs have conventions and you will learn about them when you take this quiz.