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Structuring your individual arguments

Now that you have identified your main arguments, planned the overall structure of your essay, and selected your organising principle, this section looks at how you can begin work on developing your individual arguments.

You have seen in the previous section how a typical essay consists of a number of arguments supporting an overall thesis. Just as an essay has an overall structure, each individual argument has a structure too.

The structure of the individual argument helps to:

  • signal to the reader what you intend to do in the particular section.
  • link the individual argument to your thesis.
  • link the individual argument to your other arguments.
  • mark the individual argument off from the other arguments around it.

Note: Arguments are not the same as paragraphs. A single argument may take several paragraphs to present and develop. (See Module 3, Unit 2: Structuring paragraphs.) However, make sure that you never try to present more than one argument with a single paragraph.