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How Many Sentences Should There Be in a Paragraph?

There are a lot of writing rules out there, and they can be restricting, especially when they

The truth is that these rules are meant to be guidelines to make writing easier for you

If they start to do the opposite, though, they defeat the purpose

So here is what you really need to know: There is no general rule for how long

A good paragraph isn’t one that has a set amount of sentences

However, despite what I just said, sometimes you just have to follow the formula, so I’ll

While I am going to focus on academic papers, I’ll also talk about good paragraphs in

Before you start thinking about length, you should first start thinking about what makes a good paragraph

However, if you just take a tiny little nibble, you will barely taste it at all

However, if there is only one sentence, then there won’t be enough meat to let your

There are many acronyms that help determine paragraph structure

In school, you might have learned something like ICE for body paragraphs, which stands for introduce, cite,

Only the last letters of these are different, so let’s talk a bit about what each

A good way to test this is to do what is called a reverse outline: Summarize each

If you cannot get a complete sentence to sum up your paragraph, then it is too short

If you can’t fit the point into one sentence, then you likely have two main ideas,

You can put in a sentence or two explaining how you know your main sentence is true

Somebody might read the same quote, data, or theory as you and come to a completely different

So once you add in some evidence, take another two or three sentences and explain how that

Once you’ve finished the information in your paragraph, you can’t just move on

Alternatively, you might want to focus on getting into your next main point

When you first start writing, your audience has no idea what you are discussing, so they need

Then, once you get into the body, you should be narrow and focused on your topic

Finally, at the end, you should send your reader back out to the rest of the world

However, introductions and conclusions are a little different

You want to get your readers interested in your topic and let them know why they want

This is where you will give the reader enough information to catch them up on the topic

Let them know what they need to know to understand and follow your paper

If you start with ABC, then it makes sense that you should end with XYZ

Likely, you want them to go away from academic writing being convinced about your thesis statement

Y: Let them know why (y) they should care about all the information they just read

Z: Zap them with a final hook in the concluding sentence so they don’t forget what

However, I also acknowledge that there are best practices when it comes to paragraph length, and it

This is how many it takes to convey all of the necessary information I mentioned above into

You could also think of it as about half a page long, though that depends on how

Shorter than that, and it won’t feel like it has enough depth (and if you have

It’s usually because they don’t have enough sentences in their analysis section

I spent a lot of time talking about a good paragraph in academic writing because that tends

However, the answer to what makes a good paragraph (and how many sentences that paragraph should have)

So here is where I will talk more about some other common types of writing that you

Thus, it is always smart to break up paragraphs more than you would in a paper

If your readers can skim your writing and still get the important information you want to relay

You likely want to keep your paragraphs tight and to the point

You don’t need a lot of sentences to give readers the facts

Your best bet is to find some good samples that will help you see what is expected

A good email paragraph in a professional context is one that gives the reader enough information to

That question should be directly stated so that it is more likely to get answered

In other words, it should be exactly how long it needs to be and no longer

This is really all that is needed in the paragraph(s) of an email

The reason for this is because creative writing is like the Wild West: There are no rules,

Well-known books have paragraphs as short as one word and as long as the entire novel! A

Still, though, if you want to get published and develop an audience, you might have to stick

While that isn’t a complete list, it is a good starting point

For example, check out the Readability Report, which will help you figure out which paragraphs are hard

If it’s very difficult, it might mean there is too much information in there

Try breaking it down and running the report again to see if it improves your score