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Why does the multi-paragraph quotation rule exist?

The answer to this question clearly explains the standard rule that when you have multiple quoted paragraphs, each new paragraph starts with an opening quotation mark, but only the final quoted ...
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How should I use quotation marks in sections of multiline dialogue?

If I want to introduce a “pause” between lines of dialogue from the same person by inserting a spacing line, how should I use the quotation marks correctly to indicate continued dialogue? I really don’...
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What is the difference between a ¶ Pilcrow Sign and the § Section Sign?

The following symbols have both been introduced to me as a 'paragraph symbol'. With the help of ShapeCatcher and Wikipedia, I found out that ¶ is officially known as the Pilcrow Sign § is officially ...
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Can't make sense of a paragraph from Lovecraft

I decided to start reading some work of Lovecraft.  Reading The Beast in the Cave, I got stuck at the first paragraph I encountered: The horrible conclusion which had been gradually obtruding ...
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What do “former” and “latter” refer to, here?

Here I am trying to peer into the meaning of this below paragraph (full version here).Being a non-native English speaker I am struggling in making sense, especially the bold part.The paragraph : ...
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Is it proper grammar to omit an ending quote at the end of a paragraph? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I use quotation marks in sections of multi-line dialogue? Why aren't double quotes always closed? In some books I've read, the ending quote will be omitted if the ...
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Is it necessary to begin a new paragraph after a person speaks?

When I was in school, I was taught to always begin a new paragraph after a quotation or after a speaker concludes a segment of dialogue. However, in recent years, I have seen authors abandon this rule,...
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Parentheses around more than one paragraph

Does English allow one to put parentheses around more than one paragraph? Example: Paragraph 1. (Paragraph 2. Paragraph 3.) Paragraph 4. (Of course, this is just a simple example. ...
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“Book paragraphs” vs “book snippets”

In the following book page, I have both paragraphs (which is a block of the same type of text) and some special paragraphs which are statements forming a special praying sentence. Here is the ...
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How to Properly Cut Content and Show Content is Cut

I hope this is the proper place to ask this question: I have a news article that I am citing for a post online. I am quoting part of the article but I am going to quote the first part of the article ...
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Why avoid writing one-sentence paragraphs? [closed]

I am told to avoid writing one-sentence paragraphs. What are some good reasons for following this rule?
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Which tense should I use when presenting a table of data?

I have a table and the description of the table as followed: Table 7 presents the likelihood of OPT occurrences from the time annotated sentences; V-RB refers to the sentences which contain ...
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Is there a difference between the usage of “this” or “that” when referring back to an idea in the previous sentence?

In the following two sentences, is there any difference in what "this" or "that" would indicate about the previous sentence? Would one of them be less accurate than the other? We may run out of ...
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“Their windows slot the ebony of their walls with lemon.” What's the meaning of this sentence?

What is the meaning of the italicized sentence in this paragraph? From basement to sky rise the tenements of an alien colony. Their windows slot the ebony of their walls with lemon. Behind those ...
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'Thus it was… redeemed and wed?' What does that mean in 2018? [closed]

Here are two paragraphs from Clive Barker's Weaveworld. I am really having trouble digesting two phrases. True joy is a profound remembering; and true grief the same. Thus it was, when the ...
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use of constant

I read this article on the Syrian upheaval on a Prospect Blog. A week is a long time in the diplomatic efforts surrounding the Syrian conflict. Just when it looked as though key elements were ...
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The one sentence paper [closed]

So, I recently found this article detailing the peculiarities of a one sentence paragraph. One of the examples they gave of a one sentence paragraph at work was the preamble to the United States ...
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What does “Lizard in a ruin” mean in this Paragraph?

Paragraph (Taken from here): You can watch Piaf performing ‘La Foule’ on YouTube, in a recording of a concert in the Netherlands in December 1962. It is completely mesmerising. A journalist who ...
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Should this phrase be put at the end of a paragraph or at the start of a new one? [closed]

The phrase is 'now onto the science.' Context: We first set up the bunsen burner and locate an appropriate flask. We then wear our goggles. Now, onto the science. Now, onto the science. We expect ...
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What exactly is a run-on paragraph?

I recently learned there is such a thing as a run-on paragraph. Whenever I write stories my paragraphs become a page or longer at times, so I began to wonder if I make run-on paragraphs. I haven't ...
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When do you leave a space in a paragraph and when do you not?

I am not fully sure if this is the right place for this question but I am guessing has something to do with structure and usage so hopefully it is alright here. Apologies if not. I am getting ...
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How to break a paragraph of running text with a example block or figure?

This may have been asked before, but I couldn't find it with my limited vocabulary of linguistic terms. When writing a paragraph of running text that's broken up by a (code) example block or figure, ...
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Adding a new line to this statement

In the following statement: After confronting Nick about it he said “I have helped you out in the past you owe me for that!”. Should the quoted text be put on a new line and rephrased? This is ...
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using both Past Simple and Past Perfect in the same paragraph

Is there a rule about consistency within a paragraph, of using past tense and past participle in alternate sentences? In my writing class, I notice some writers mix the two freely. Since I see this ...
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Does “Here's an example” end a paragraph, or continue it? [closed]

After explaining something you wish to give an example. You write "Here is an example." Is "Here is an example." the last line of the paragraph explaining the idea or is it the first line in the ...
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Short quotation over two paragraphs

If I am quoting two short consecutive sentences, but the first sentence is the last of a paragraph and the second sentence is the first sentence of the following paragraph, how do I show this? Must I ...
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How can I rephrase these two sentences for a more natural flow? [closed]

How can I rephrase the two sentences in italics, so that it sounds and flows more naturally and doesn't sound awkward. The sentence before it are given for some context. But neither systems perform ...
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How to use refer to previous literature/researches in research papers?

I am talking about the topic Singapore English and I want to briefly survey the previous researches on the same topic. Do the following sentences sound natural in English? In literature on Singapore ...
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Citing Multiple paragraphs MLA

Had a quick question about how I should cite with multiple paragraphs (MLA). Here is how the text appears in the source (The Great Gatsby): 'An Oxford man!' He was incredulous. 'Like hell he is!...
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Paragraph quality and grammar [closed]

I recently wrote a paragraph, and I think there is nothing wrong with the english. But aftet a quality assesmemt, it was found lack quality, it might also because of grammar. Here is the paragraph : ...
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Is it OK to put a fragment of a quote within a paragraph?

For example: She recommends an au pair, a surprisingly more affordable alternative to a nanny, “to take on the role of caregiver when both parents work outside of the home.” Or should the sentence be ...
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How to avoid using the subject of a sentence more than necessary [closed]

My English grammar is rusty and I have not kept up with grammar rules. So, please bear with me as I struggled to frame the title of my question. What I want accomplished is a paragraph that is short, ...
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Should a pilcrow disambiguate the beginning of one paragraph?

The correct usage of the pilcrow sign "¶" (as I understand) is to begin a paragraph, or to indicate a paragraph on a page that is not laid out with ordinary paragraph line-breaks. I'm writing a ...
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“It is” as the beginning of paragraphs

Is it encouraged or discouraged to use "IT IS" at the very beginning of a paragraph in formal writing English?. For instance: It is often argued that study art in school should be mandatory, since ...
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“it doesn't - right?” sentence meaning

from podcast transcript WOOD: So one, when he has 45 minutes to get up on stage, I want people to pay close attention to the logical flow of his argument, to the evidence he's providing, to the ...
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Wrote first letter of a specific course with capital letter in a paragraph, but marked as grammatically incorrect!

I have a quick question for you guys. In my resume, I wrote this: Repaired computers in the computer lab along with the instructor and team members, for current Hardware and Software course ...
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Which Sentence Does Not Belong Here? [closed]

I am trying to figure out the sentence that does not belong to this paragraph. The researchers developed three criteria for the test subjects. The test subjects needed to be women because the drug ...
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When to repeat a paragraph?

I was reading through this article recently, and I noticed that the first and seventh paragraphs are identical. Stylistically speaking, is it common to repeat entire strings of text as shown here? ...
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Problems with paragraphs [closed]

Problems with correct sentences I would like to study related algebraic problems in the complexity framework,one of the challenge in this would be to find suitable parameter for these problems. ...
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Paragraphs : white space and left indent in the same piece [closed]

I understand that I should not use white space in between paragraphs and indent on the left to separate the same paragraph. But is it alright to go in novel writing from one to another? For instance, ...
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How many newlines should be used between paragraphs? [closed]

Which is the correct way of separating two paragraphs? Should there be a space between them? Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nam sit amet sapien placerat, sollicitudin diam ...
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Usage of 'it' in starting of paragraph [closed]

Can a paragraph start with a sentence containing 'it' even when the sentence does not introduce you to the noun or pronoun that 'it' is referring to? Like the jumbled sentences.. A. For the moment,...
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Choosing the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices to construct a coherent paragraph

The sentences given below, when properly sequenced, form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labeled with a letter. I have to choose the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices ...
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Breaking a sentence over multiple paragraphs

I want to break a sentence into multiple paragraphs. This is a simple example: As the clock ticks down to the finish, only time will tell if Captain Bob — Slubgob, the alien explorer &...
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How to refer back to the final sentence of the last paragraph?

I'm wondering about the "distance" over which one may refer back to a point recently made. For instance, there are obviously no problems with the following construction: "...therefore, Method A may ...
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How to represent a link in an APA style? [closed]

I was reading more on the APA style but somehow I got stuck that how can I represent a link in an APA style. Below are the links I have - http://www.mcdpressoffice.eu/downloads/...
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How to properly number paragraph according to APA style [closed]

If an article cites (Mara, 2010, “Mission,” para. 1) using APA style, does para.1 refer to first paragraph within the "Mission" section? or the whole page?
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Can I use “although” at the beginning of a paragraph?

For instance... "Although it is hot outside, I put my jacket on. I then proceeded to take it on and off, all day long. I am not sure why I did this."
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One topic per paragraph when discussing advantages and disadvantages

I'm in the process of discussing advantages and disadvantages in a science paper I'm writing. I'm not sure if it's best to include them in two separate body paragraphs, one for advantages and one for ...
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One argument, multiple paragraphs? [closed]

How do I structurally split up an argument into multiple paragraphs? Let's say I'm using two texts as evidence for one argument, and I want to devote one paragraph to each text. What would the ...