English│Academic Writing by paragraph Format

In English, you must Always have at least one subject and one verb in every sentence.

Fragments are sentence errors.

There is one exception to this rule. In commands such as Stop that! and Listen carefully, the subject you is not expressed.

Writing is never a one-step action; it is an ongoing creative act.

When you first write something, you have already been thinking about what to say and how to say it.

Then after you have finished writing, you read over what you have written and make changes and corrections.

You write and revise and write and revise again until you are satisfied that your writing expresses exactly what you want to say.

The process of writing has roughly for steps.

In the first step, you create ideas.

In the second step, you organize the ideas.

In the third step, you write a rough draft.

In the final step, you polish your rough draft by editing it and marking revisions.


Academic writing is different from creative writing.

Academic writing is formal, so you should not use slang or contractions.

Also, you should take care to write complete sentences and to organize them in a certain way.



1.Use black or blue ink only.
2.Write the date in the upper left corner the assignment is due in the order month-day-year with a comma after the day.
example:November 12,2012

1.Body:Skip one line, and start typing on thethird line.Use the TAB key to indent(move to the right) the first line of the paragraph.

2.Spacing:Double space the body.


1. The first word in a sentence.

2. The pronoun I

3. Abbreviations and acronyms formed from the first letters of words. (USA, ASME...)

4. All proper nouns.
Some writers capitalize titles such as president and prime minister when they clearly refer to one person.

5. Names of specific groups of people (nationalities, races, and ethnic groups), languages, and religions)

6. Names of specific places on a map

7. Names of days, months, and special days

8. Names of specific structures such as buildings, bridges, dams, monuments.

9. Names of specific organizations (government agencies, businesses, schools, clubs, teams)

10. Names of school subjects with course numbers.
But not names of classes without numbers, except languages.

11. First, last and all important words in the titles of books magazines, newspapers, plays, films, stories, songs, paintings, statues, television programs

Ernest Hemingway

United States




Greenhills College


Sociology 32

The Old Man and the Sea.

Buddhism and Shintoism

4.Subject-Verb Agreement

Some words are always singular.
One(of my brothers) is a musician.
Neither(of my parents) is living.
Much( of my time) is spent in the library.
Each(of my brothers)wants his own car.
Either(of my sisters)is able to baby-sit for you tonight.
Nothing ever happens in my life.
Is anyone home?

A few words are always plural.

5.Time order signals

Put a comma after a time order signal that comes before the subject at the beginning of a sentence.(Exception: Then, soon ,and now are usually not followed by a comma.)