English: skills for learning
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4 Organising paragraphs

The purpose of paragraphs is to answer the assignment question by developing the topic and supporting the claim mentioned by the introduction. Each paragraph achieves this by dealing with one key idea or making one point. In Fred’s essay, paragraphs are used to develop his main point: carers’ sensitivity to differences between private and public spaces in three contexts affects the quality of care.

In this section you will look at the way writers organise their paragraphs so that their readers will find them relevant and easy to read.

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