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WRITING TIPS
Linking Sentences in a Paragraph

 
 

When you write sentences in a paragraph, it is important that they connect logically with each other. For example, the following group of sentences connects well. The sentences follow each other logically.

Paragraph 1

A paragraph has only one main idea. All the sentences in the paragraph talk about that one idea. They give more information about the main idea. They do not introduce a new main idea.

But in the next example the sentences do not connect well.

Paragraph 2

A paragraph has only one main idea. The sentences do not introduce a new main idea. All the sentences in a paragraph talk about one idea. They should give more information about the main idea.

The problem with Paragraph 2 is that the sentences do not connect well. It is hard to understand the meaning of the paragraph. The order of the sentences is wrong. Paragraph 1 is a better paragraph.

In the next example, the sentences are in the correct order, but they do not connect well. There are no sequence markers to connect the sentences. Also, we do not really know what the main idea is.

Paragraph 3

Write the topic in the centre of your page, inside a circle. Write general ideas about the topic around the circle. Write more ideas about each general idea. Continue until you can think of no more ideas.

Look at Paragraph 4 and see how Paragraph 3 has been improved. We have added sequence markers to connect the sentences. We have also added another sentence at the beginning that tells us what the main idea is.

Paragraph 4

There are four steps to making a cluster map. First, you write the topic in the centre of your page, inside a circle. Then, you write general ideas about the topic around the circle. Next, you write more ideas about each general idea. You continue writing until you can think of no more ideas.

The sentences in this paragraph are in the correct order, and there are sequence markers connecting the sentences in a logical way.