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There is normally one main idea in a paragraph so the length of the paragraph can depend on the complexity of the idea and the evidence you use to support it.

Some tips include:

  • Avoid too many short paragraphs.
  • Paragraphs should never be just one sentence long – aim for at least three sentences long.
  • Avoid long paragraphs. For example, over half a page is too long.

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  • Academic Writing: Paragraph structure

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