topic sentence


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topic sentence

n.
The sentence within a paragraph or discourse that states the main thought, often placed at the beginning.

topic sentence

n
(Grammar) a sentence in a paragraph that expresses the main idea or point of the whole paragraph

top′ic sen′tence


n.
a sentence that expresses the essential idea of a paragraph or larger section, usu. at the beginning.
[1915–20]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.topic sentence - a sentence that states the topic of its paragraphtopic sentence - a sentence that states the topic of its paragraph
sentence - a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language; "he always spoke in grammatical sentences"
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topic sentence

n (US Gram) → Einleitungssatz m
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This general planning strategy provided the framework for the genre-specific strategy--TREE: Topic sentence, Reason, Explanation, and Ending (Harris & Graham, 1996).
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One teacher was eager to implement a color-ceding approach where students would write their topic sentence on green paper, supporting sentences on yellow, and conclusions on red.
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To promote order and organization, participants were advised to begin each paragraph with a topic sentence and ensure that paragraph content supported and elucidated introductory sentences.
The experiment showed that position and meta-discourse features were important in extracting the topic sentence.
A topic sentence answers that question by summarizing the point that you are about to convey.
Think of it like you would the topic sentence of an article or story.