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Paragraphing in Essays

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24 Sep 2011, 05:44
Sort of a silly question, but I've been so casual writing emails and other documents that I'm wondering what's the proper form for paragraphing?

I'm used to writing things like this:

Paragraph 1 - About GMATClub. Every year, brilliant minds of business school applicants develop strategies, research school information, and master interviews, only for the same process to be repeated the following year by the new applicant pool.

Paragraph 2 - About GMATClub. Every year, brilliant minds of business school applicants develop strategies, research school information, and master interviews, only for the same process to be repeated the following year by the new applicant pool.

Paragraph 3 - About GMATClub. Every year, brilliant minds of business school applicants develop strategies, research school information, and master interviews, only for the same process to be repeated the following year by the new applicant pool.

But I'm also used to seeing the other versions such as no line break between paragraphs, all paragraphs indented, or the first paragraph not indented and others are. I know probably not a big deal either way, but just...humor me.
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24 Sep 2011, 10:39
I put a space between paragraphs and no indent. To each their own.
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24 Sep 2011, 11:18
I didn't use paragraphs. My essays consist of just one really long sentence!
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24 Sep 2011, 13:05
Proper form would be an indentation at the start of each paragraph with no line breaks in between. But really I don't think the adcom cares how you delineate paragraphs.

P.S. you and I look like the same applicant on paper (770, 3.9, venture capital).
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24 Sep 2011, 15:08
It depends. If you are using single space then a space between paragraphs and no indent looks much crisper on paper. If you're using double space as some adcom request.. then no space and indent to avoid the mass gap.
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