How to End a Paragraph

Updated: Aug 13, 2020

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Here’s something to remember when your writing (either an email for work or for #ESLtests): Every beginning needs an ending. No, it doesn’t have to be a “and they lived happily ever after” ending. This isn’t a fairytale; this is #IELTS or #TOEFL. How you end your paragraph can either help you with the next one, or it can hurt you. If your closing sentence doesn’t summarize your main point, why did you bother writing that paragraph? Not ending your paragraph with an appropriate sentence is similar to reading a recipe and not knowing what temperature to set the oven and for how long.

Here’s why- you spend all of this time (and yes, writing takes TIME) to answer the question thoughtfully, but you don’t end it; instead, you leave the paragraph hanging. Adding that closing sentence can rescue it from a premature death. Dramatic, yes? Memorable, definitely! The “death” isn’t your paragraph, it’s your score. A low writing score can happen when we don’t complete our thoughts. After all, friends don’t let friends‘ paragraphs hang off a cliff.

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