6.2 Paragraph Unity Exercise - PARAGRAPH UNITY The quality...

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PARAGRAPH UNITY The quality of unity is especially important and probably easiest to understand as it applies at the paragraph level. To possess unity, a paragraph must meet two criteria: (a) one main thought or idea must be easily discernible, and (b) each sentence in the paragraph must relate directly to and expand on that one idea. A well-written paragraph is one in which the main idea comes through clearly and in which all sentences in the paragraph contribute to the expansion of that idea. The following paragraphs illustrate the major ways in which the unity principle is often violated. Topic Sentence Does Not Fit the Paragraph Example : Several aspects of the parking situation must be considered . The most important aspect is the suitability of the present facilities. All lots are located within easy walking distance of the main campus. Spaces are not always available in Lot D, even during the morning hours. Analysis: Although the topic sentence in this paragraph states that several aspects must be considered, the additional sentences discuss only the most important one, suitability . All of the several aspects should have been mentioned in the additional sentences, or the second sentence should have been the topic sentence. Interrupting Idea Does Not Belong in Paragraph Example: In conclusion, I believe this university does not have a shortage of parking facilities. Students here should not be required to pay for parking problems at other campuses in the CSUC system . Consequently, I think the proposal to increase the parking fee should be defeated. Analysis: The second sentence in this paragraph interrupts the development of the idea of why the proposal to increase the fee should be defeated.
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New Idea Requires New Paragraph Example: Present seating areas just won’t do the job since they can accommodate only 1,500 of our students at any one time. Clearly,
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6.2 Paragraph Unity Exercise - PARAGRAPH UNITY The quality...

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