I have a big problem with paragraphing when writing business or personal letters.
I do not always know when to start new paragraphs in the writing process. I need much more help to improve my paragraphing skill. I just cannot identify what is a new topic or idea. Would you please tell me specifically how to paragraph sentences properly?
Thank you.

Roberta Gallant
Concord, New Hampshire
Welcome Roberta to English Forums.

When writing a business letter, imagine you're in an elevator with the other person going between floors. What are the five or less key thoughts you want to leave the other person with? Those are your topics. Now you just have write you paragarphs.

Your first step is to identify your key themes. You can use the elevator exercise above to do that. Or you can just think of themes.

Second, you need to organize your thoughts surrounding your key themes. Here you begin to determine what the reader must know in order to comprehend those key themes.

Third, write your draft.

Fourth, edit and rewrite, and you're done.

Please and look at point 10. Those two books are an excellent investment. I urge you to buy them. They will make your sentence and paragraph writing much easier.

MountainHiker
Hello, MountainHiker -

Right now I am emailing you a letter sample about myself with another person in an elevator going between floors. It is below:

Dear Sharon:

Recently, I was in an elevator with another person going between floors.
This person said, "You are a very attractive woman. Would you like to
go out on a date with me?" After that, I laughed.

"No, thank you," I replied. "I do not want to go out dating with you.
I do not know you."

"Why?" this person in the elevator asked me. "You will have a very
good time with me. Come on now!"

Sincerely,
Roberta

What do you think of this letter sample above? Would you check it carefully and thoroughly for paragraph errors? Thank you.

Roberta Gallant
Concord, New Hampshire
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Dear Sharon:

Recently, I was in an elevator with another person going between floors.
This person said, "You are a very attractive woman. Would you like to
go out on a date with me?"

"No, thank you," I laughed. "I do not want to go out on a date with you.
I do not know you."

"Why?" he asked. "You will have a very
good time with me. Come on now!"

Sincerely,
Roberta

Odd letter, but it works.

MountainHiker
Hello, MontainHiker -

This is Roberta Gallant in Concord, New Hampshire, again. I cannot order a grammar book on line. I do not have a credit cared to do that with. Instead, I would like you to check the paragraphs in my following letter sample about being in an elevator with another person for problems.

Recently, I was in an elevator with another person going between floors. This person said, "You are a very attractive woman. Would you like to go out on a date with me?"

"No, thank you," I laughed. "I do not want to go out on a date with you. I do not know you."

"Why?" he asked. "You will have a very good time with me. Come on now!"

Roberta Gallant

New Hampshire
Hello, MountainHiker,

How do I make paragraphs with the following list of sentences?

Would you please email me back this list of sentences in paragraphs?



Thank you,

Roberta Gallant






  1. Whom besides Abraham Lincoln did assassins assassinate while President
of the United States? Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, William McKinley, and John F. Kennedy.

  1. Their demises were sad tragedies.
  2. General Eisenhower became, as Grant did, President of the United States.
  3. What was the difference between the two great Civil War generals, Lee and Grant?
  4. “To the victor belongs the spoils” is a true statement.
  5. The Civil War battles were different from the wars today.
  6. Wars then did not have airplanes.
  7. Sherman’s army marched from the north to Atlanta.
  8. Some historians say that military leaders now are not good as they were years ago.
  9. Robert E. Lee was a real Southern person.
  10. US Grant and George Washington will live among the best of-all-times military leaders.
  11. George Washington’s strategy was better than any other Revolutionary War general’s.
  12. To have a strong national defense system is reassuring.
  13. Frequently, people’s views differ on the space program.
  14. Two of the most famous United States space explorers were Neil Armstrong


  15. and Edwin Aldrin, Jr.

    1. Their first manned landing on the moon was a historic event.
    2. Who is the first American that flew in space?
    3. In 1965 Edward White became the first American to take a “space walk.”
    4. The Americans and Russians know more about space than other the other countries do.
    5. Whose spaceship was Columbia?
    6. Michael Collins sat beside Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, Jr., on the first spaceship to the moon.
    7. All astronauts fly spaceships well.
    8. We can recognize a spaceship by its insignia.
    9. Our astronauts fly well as any other astronaut in the world does.
    10. His or her space uniform looks like mine.












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