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]
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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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He was the first Englishman to exemplify with supreme skill all the technical devices of exposition and argument--a very careful ordering of ideas according to a plan made clear, but not too conspicuous, to the hearer or reader; the use of summaries, topic sentences, connectives; and all the others.
Once the students had submitted their final version, both the teacher-researcher and the other participating teacher graded the writings independently, based on the following criteria: (1) Students had to be able to write coherent and cohesive paragraphs, including all their components: a clear topic sentence, supporting ideas, and a closing sentence.
title, topic sentence, supportive evidence, add paragraph) and allowed students to determine the length and format of their text (Englert, Wu, & Zhao, 2005; Englert, Zhao, Dunsmore, Collings, & Wolbers, 2007).
As a general rule, state the main idea of a paragraph in the first sentence - the topic sentence.
There's a topic sentence in bold, 12 to 15 words long.
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.
What is the unifying idea or topic sentence of each paragraph?
The topic sentence is a general statement or argument that you intend to prove in the body of the paragraph.
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.
Each child began their paragraph with a similar topic sentence, and added supporting detail sentences about their particular print.