The body of the essay contains the information the author would like to provide in their paper, so the selected topic should be discussed, described or argued in the body.

In order to prepare a body of the essay, it is necessary to follow the outline. In shorter papers, each paragraph should discuss a point from the outline, but it is completely acceptable t expand this discussion. The number of paragraphs is determined by essay structure and type, their length by the nature of the issue discussed. It is important to be aware of the rule that states, each paragraph should explain a separate idea or statement, or different aspects (sub-aspects) of the same issue.

As a rule, each body paragraphs begin with a statement of the idea or point of the discussion, which will be explained in the present paragraph. Further, each paragraph contains supporting statements and assumptions like statistical information, references to earlier studies, or, in case of personal essay, personal reasons for making the abovementioned choice. On the other hand, elaboration of each paragraph should keep the reader close to the thesis statement and the main idea and remain relevant. It is not very convenient, from the reader's position, to "digest" too long paragraphs, so the writer should carefully structure their mind flow and separate one "nuance" of the topic from another. For instance, if there is an assignment of writing about favorite animals, it would be unwise to describe cats, dogs and whales in the same paragraph.

When composing the body of the essay, it is useful to state ideas in the logical order from less important points to the most significant (in case of an argumentative paper), or, when describing a “process“ in a clear algorithm.

Further information on Essay Writing Basics:

- Topic
- Outline
- Thesis
-> Body
- Introduction
- Conclusion
- Finish

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