Length of a paragraph

• There is no ideal length that can apply to all paragraphs since length depends largely on the content. However, as a general guide, it is helpful to the reader to keep most of your paragraphs to between seven and fourteen lines in length (say, between three and six or seven sentences).

• Occasionally paragraphs can be shorter than this (where a point needs to be made briefly or with special emphasis) or longer (where more detailed elaboration of a point is needed).

• For the reader, too many short paragraphs make your writing too bitty, while too many long ones makes it rather heavy and difficult to follow.

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