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    For AS e nglish literature, does the number of paragraphs we write matter? Most people do 4 body paragraphs + intro + conclusion. Butsince ive got bad timing stratergy, I can only manage 3 body paragraphs +intro+concl. Does this matter in marking? Will i be marked down for it?

    there is usually a lot to write for english lit and usually 3 paragraphs won't cut it. I think most people write 4 to 6 paragraphs. Of course quality over quantity but you'll find that three paragraphs might not be enough to make a good argument.

    It truly is the quality of your writing over the quantity. Three paragraphs seems to me to be standard, maybe 4 if they're slightly shorter and all go into less detail, but writing any more I would imagine that you'd lose any sense of detail and depth? I got an A* in my Lit A level, and in each of my exams I always made sure I got at least three well-rounded, in-depth paragraphs written, plus a concise but clear intro and conclusion. In a couple of the essays I managed to squeeze out an extra paragraph or two if I had 10 mins or so spare. Three paragraphs plus intro and conclusion seems standard to me? It allows you to clearly discus the development of themes across a text, and allows you to go into appropriate amount of depth. Talk to your teachers if you are worried but three paragraphs to me is honestly fine.
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