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    Hi,

    I've finished writing my personal statement and everything is fine. However, when I press 'preview' the version that comes up, unlike the one in the previous section or on Word, has two paragraphs which aren't distinctly apart. This is because the sentence finishes quite near the end of the line and then the new paragraph starts on the line below. Is this a problem? Will universities know what has happened/have another version? I'm particularly worried as I'm applying for English so this sort of thing is probably even more important!

    Thanks a lot.
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    (Original post by rampallian)
    Hi,

    I've finished writing my personal statement and everything is fine. However, when I press 'preview' the version that comes up, unlike the one in the previous section or on Word, has two paragraphs which aren't distinctly apart. This is because the sentence finishes quite near the end of the line and then the new paragraph starts on the line below. Is this a problem? Will universities know what has happened/have another version? I'm particularly worried as I'm applying for English so this sort of thing is probably even more important!

    Thanks a lot.
    it is doing that because you can only use a maximum of 47 lines. It will look bad because you've been given a specification to work with in so if you haven't followed the guideline and have tried to add more in by squashing together paragraphs it does not look very professional and will reflect badly on you. This is what my english teacher told me (I'm also applying this year), hope this is helpful
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    You need to insert a line between paragraphs on UCAS, if I remember correctly.
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    (Original post by rampallian)
    Hi,

    I've finished writing my personal statement and everything is fine. However, when I press 'preview' the version that comes up, unlike the one in the previous section or on Word, has two paragraphs which aren't distinctly apart. This is because the sentence finishes quite near the end of the line and then the new paragraph starts on the line below. Is this a problem? Will universities know what has happened/have another version? I'm particularly worried as I'm applying for English so this sort of thing is probably even more important!

    Thanks a lot.
    Relying on a coincidence of where the words on a line end to mark paragraphs is foolish and poor formal writing (and the PS is a piece of formal writing). You need to add a blank line between each paragraph. See my profile to see why.
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    Relying on a coincidence of where the words on a line end to mark paragraphs is foolish and poor formal writing (and the PS is a piece of formal writing). You need to add a blank line between each paragraph. See my profile to see why.
    Do you think it is wise to cut out most of my paragraph on extra-curriculars to get me below the line limit? The unis I'm applying for are Cambridge, Durham, Bristol, UCL & Queen's.
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    (Original post by rampallian)
    Do you think it is wise to cut out most of my paragraph on extra-curriculars to get me below the line limit? The unis I'm applying for are Cambridge, Durham, Bristol, UCL & Queen's.
    Rather than cutting content outright read through each sentence individually - work through word by word and see if the sentence would still make sense without that word in it.

    That will tighten up your PS much more than chopping out whole sections.
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    (Original post by rampallian)
    Do you think it is wise to cut out most of my paragraph on extra-curriculars to get me below the line limit? The unis I'm applying for are Cambridge, Durham, Bristol, UCL & Queen's.
    Do as PQ suggests first, then take a look at the superfluity of adjectives you have no doubt used throughout then, if necessary get snippy with the extra-curriculars.
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    Many thanks for all your help. I've managed to get it below the line limit without having to change anything major.
 
 
 
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