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What is the difference between \par and \paragraph? I can skip a space between two paragraphs and have it retained on in the output on XeLaTeX. How is the effect different from using paragraph environment?

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The \par command is used to end a paragraph. You can do the same thing by leaving a blank line (pressing Enter twice) in your document source.

The \paragraph command is a section heading. It is different from the higher section levels because it places its heading text in the first paragraph. For example, the code

\paragraph{Heading} This is my document text.

produces

Heading This is my document text.

As far as I am aware, there is no paragraph environment--that is, a code construct beginning with \begin{paragraph} and ending with \end{paragraph}.

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