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Quick & Painless Business Writing by Susan F. Benjamin

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Chapter 12
The Paragraph: On Closer Inspection

Paragraph Myth and Reality: A Jet Back in Time

Okay, back, back, back to high school again. Yup, there she is: Miss Ferguson, teaching...what’s this? Paragraph structure? And she’s telling you to read the paragraph on—how ironic!—paragraph structure. Probably it sounded like something from Prentice-Hall’s high school textbook. It has an alluring and charming name that must have set the young students on fire: Grammar and Composition. Could they make it any more boring? Unless, of course, you consider the writing in the actual book. Here’s what it says:
A paragraph usually has one sentence that states the main idea of the paragraph. The other sentences explain, support, and develop the main idea ...

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