If we look around, we'll see that paragraphs with a minimum of 3-5 sentences and a maximum of 8 sentences are rather prevalent. However, some argue that two to three paragraphs each page are optimal, while others argue that five to seven lines would suffice. Ultimately, it's up to you how many sentences you want to use in your writing.
It's also important to note that a sentence cannot be longer than 100 words or less than six characters. Thus, a paragraph length of 8 sentences requires that you write no more than 20 sentences (or 40 words) per page.
That being said, here are eight paragraphs with between three and five sentences each.
Paragraph 1: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.
Paragraph 2: The old man saw the young boy run by and yelled "Hey, kid! Get away from those cigarettes!"
Paragraph 3: The boy laughed and ran back home.
Paragraph 4: The girl took out her guitar and started playing a song.
Paragraph 5: The mother came downstairs and asked her son if he wanted to listen to the music. He said yes, so they listened together for an hour.
Most paragraphs in academic writing have at least three sentences, and seldom more than 10. So, how many paragraphs are sufficient, and how many are excessive? A two-page paper should include four to six paragraphs, whereas a five-page essay should have six to twelve paragraphs. More than that, and the paper will be too long.
The basic unit of analysis in most essays is the paragraph. Each paragraph should contain a distinct idea or set of ideas. Only by doing this can you ensure that the reader does not become confused or lose track of the main argument. A good essay has several paragraphs; a great essay has many.
In general, an essay should be structured with a clear beginning, a strong central section, and a conclusion that returns to the beginning ideas or questions raised in the essay.
Here are some examples of appropriate paragraph lengths:
An example of a short paragraph is 4 sentences long. It shows that even a short essay can contain multiple ideas if expressed in separate sentences. This type of paragraph is useful when you want to give specific details without getting lost in a lot of words.
An example of a medium-length paragraph is 6 sentences long. It's enough content to be interesting but not so much that readers get bored or distracted. This type of paragraph is useful when you want to give a brief overview of a topic without writing a novel.
Aim for three to five sentences or more every paragraph. On each page, include roughly two handwritten or three typed paragraphs. Make your paragraphs proportionate to the size of your document. Because paragraphs perform less effort in short writings, they should be shorter in short papers and longer in larger documents. Try not to go over five sentences per paragraph.
It's okay to leave gaps between paragraphs - the reader can always jump back if necessary - but avoid leaving too much white space. Even one-and-a-half lines' worth of space after a sentence ends helps the reader return to the previous idea without getting lost.
Try to write concisely and clearly so your readers can understand you easily. They will also appreciate your efforts more than long papers that are hard to read because of poor writing style and vocabulary.
Include around two handwritten or three typed paragraphs on each page. A sentence should not be longer than 150 words, and a paragraph should not be longer than 2500 words.
Your body should be made up of independent sentences with enough punctuation to differentiate them. Each sentence should contain a topic sentence and supporting details/ examples. The topic sentence is the main point of the sentence; the rest of it provides support for this claim. For example, "Lincoln was a great president because he led the country through a war years." Using the previous sentence as a guide, we can see that the topic sentence is "Lincoln was a great president," while the supporting details are "because he led the country through a war." Other types of sentences include comparison and cause-effect. Comparison sentences tell us how one thing is different from another; cause-effect sentences explain what happened after something else occurred.
Try writing several paragraphs, then reading them over to make sure they're interesting and informative. You may want to shorten or lengthen some sentences to improve the flow of the text. This is called editing, which we will discuss in detail in chapter four.
Two to three paragraphs each page is a fair general rule. However, there is some leeway here as well. So, perhaps it's preferable to look at the paragraphs from the inside out. Instead of assessing the entire manuscript, count sentences inside paragraphs. If most sentences are less than 10 words, then you're fine.
Many writers include a title page with their work that lists chapter titles and pages. A page break directly in front or after this title page makes no difference to the total number of paragraphs on the page. So long as there are two or more paragraphs on the page, it does not matter where paragraph one begins or ends.
A single page can have as many paragraphs as you like so long as there are at least two paragraphs on that page. It could be one long paragraph or several shorter ones if you wish. There is no limit to the number of paragraphs you can put on a single page so long as there are at least two paragraphs.
Paragraphs are the basic building block of writing. You should give serious thought as to how many paragraphs you can squeeze onto a single page. Some people prefer a large number while others do not feel they can handle more than four or five paragraphs on a single page. This is completely normal. Just because you can write longer paragraphs than other people does not mean that you should try to overwhelm readers with lengthy sentences.
Various instructors teach rules controlling paragraph length. They may specify that a paragraph should be between 100 and 200 words long, or that it should include no more than five or six phrases. A excellent paragraph, on the other hand, should not be assessed in characters, words, or phrases. The ultimate measure of your paragraphs should be the ideas they contain.
In general, a well-developed paragraph:
Has an introduction and a conclusion. (Some writers make their paragraphs end with a question mark or a period. These endings are common in introductions to essays and reports.)
Is structured using topics or issues. (See our article on how to start a paper for detailed instructions on creating a structure for your essay.)
Uses facts and opinions appropriately. (Factors such as accuracy, clarity, and organization help readers understand an idea or concept. Opinions can be expressed positively or negatively.)
Doesn't repeat itself within the body of the text. (If you write, "I like apples and pears," don't go back and add "and oranges" again at the end of the sentence.)
Isn't too short. (Generally, students should keep in mind that a good paragraph needs to hold an audience's attention. If a paragraph is only one or two sentences long, readers will likely lose interest quickly.)
Isn't too long.