Q. What is an essay? How many paragraphs should I write?
An essay is a piece of text with several paragraphs. Unless otherwise specified in your assignment instructions, the essay has one overarching topic.
Essential parts of an essay are:
- An introductory paragraph
- Body paragraphs
- A concluding paragraph
At university, you may be asked to write academic essays in the form of: a process essay, a cause and effect essay, a comparison and contrast essay, an argumentative essay, or a combination of these. Most often, essays do not have headings.
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