Without even reading the text, you can look at the two examples below and see which author uses paragraphs and which doesn't. Paragraphs really help organize your ideas and help your reader understand your work.
PARAGRAPHS ARE UNITS OF COMPOSITION. They help you organize your ideas so that they flow freely from one to the other.
1. At a change of place.
2. At a change of time.
3. To show a specific case as related to your topic.
4. To change to a more specific time.
5. When the speaker changes.
Different paragraphs do different things.
1. Opening and closing.
2. Find subdivisions in your topic.
3. Provides support for your ideas.
PARAGRAPHS ALLOW YOU TO:
1. Control your ideas.
2. Provide concrete examples, reasons and illustrations.
3. Comment on your ideas--give your opinion.
4. State your main point again in other ways.
5. Summarize for other people by stating what you believe or what you learned.
If you have a tendency to write sentence fragments, you should check for them in all of your writing. A group of words must have the following to be a complete sentence:
1. It must have a subject.
2. It must have a finite verb. (A finite verb has tense: present, past, or future.)
3. Unless it is a question, the words must have at least one clause that does not begin with a subordinating word such as:
althoug has because
before how if
since that though
unless when where
whether who why
Using AFFECT and EFFECT properly
Affect (ALWAYS A VERB)
1. To have an influence on:
EXAMPLE: The price of gasoline affects the economy.
2. To respond to the emotions of; touch or move.
EXAMPLE: The news of her friend's accident did not affect the girl.
3. To attack or infect, as a disease
EXAMPLE: High cholesterol can affect your health
Some people help themselves remember this by thinking of the special effects in some of their favorite films. See how in these examples effect is used as a noun.
Effect (NEARLY ALWAYS A NOUN)
1. Something brought about by a cause
EXAMPLE: The effect of his missing class was getting assigned to Saturday
2. The power to produce an outcome or achieve a result; influence
EXAMPLE: The effects of the Tylenol should be felt within twenty minutes.
3. A scientific law, hypothesis, or phenomenon
EXAMPLE: The Greenhouse Effect is the rise in temperature that the Earth.
Their There They're
Although they sound exactly the same when they are spoken out loud their, there and they're are completely different words. They are often confused when people are writing.
So, in order to help with the confusion remember the following:
Their - is a possesive adjective, it signifies ownership
There - is a location or a pronoun to introduce a sentence
They're - means "they are"
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There is a place not far from here. It is the most peaceful and serene place I have ever been. Beyond the harsh water, amidst the towering trees is our cottage. It's not fancy, nor elegant, nor any other word to describe something beautiful. Instead, sitting on a small cliff, almost inaccessible to humans, lies a little log cabin, tucked away from the world. When you sail up, as boat is the only way to get there, you become submersed in wood and water. Nature grabs you in her arms and you can smell her sweet perfume. All of your worries and cares are taken away while you watch the sun fade behind the hills. And as you sleep, you wonder if you will wake up and realize that you actually aren't in a little corner of Heaven.
This paragraph describes something or someone. For example, you can write a descriptive paragraph describing your best friend, including what she likes and dislikes, where she lives, what she wants for her birthday, and her favourite food.The descriptive paragraph paints a picture. It describes a person, place, thing, or idea with great detail. A person reading a descriptive paragraph should have a clear vision of what is being described. This type of paragraph will use adjectives and adverbs. It will also appeal to the five senses.