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Writing for Business: Expert Solutions to Everyday Challenges by Harvard Business School Press

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Structuring Paragraphs

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PARAGRAPHS ARE THE essential building blocks of any document. They introduce topics and, in some cases, signal readers that another step in an argument has begun. In this way, paragraphs guide the reader. They also help you, the writer, keep your thinking clear and focused.

Limit the number of subjects in each paragraph

The control of subjects throughout your paragraphs is key to giving readers a sense of coherence and simplicity. Typically, a paragraph will have from three to a dozen sentences. Each of these sentences will have a subject.

Be careful to minimize the number of subjects used in one paragraph. Including more ...

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