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editpaperLogical Order: The Key to Coherent Paragraphs and Essays

It is very important to present information to readers in a logical order.

Order your examples in a paragraph, for instance, from least to most important. Be sure to use appropriate transitions (first, then, finally) in order to guide your reader.

Another way to organize is by cause and effect: if A caused B, discuss A first, then B.

Still another way is to organize by problem then solution. State the problem first, then give your proposed solution.

Remember: Out of order paragraphs and essays are hard to read and understand.

(November 25, 2003)

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