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topic sentence

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

n
(Grammar) a sentence in a paragraph that expresses the main idea or point of the whole paragraph
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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.
In general, the theories of summarization suggested that students should carry out the process of material deletion, word composition, and topic sentence invention (McNeil & Donant, 1982).
Each child began their paragraph with a similar topic sentence, and added supporting detail sentences about their particular print.
Percents agreement (agreement on item/agreements plus disagreements) were as follows: exact agreement for introduction (94%), hook (79%), topic sentence (78%), comparisons (83%), conclusion (100%), and summary (76%).
Macrostructure or paragraph structure refers to relational propositions evolving within the components of superstructure units, that is, between paragraph-level discourse blocks developing a single theme unified by a recognisable central idea or signalled by a topic sentence. Finally, microstructure relations are recognised as relational propositions arising between units within the macrostructure components, practically meaning sentence and t-unit level relations.
For those who find it particularly difficult to make the jump from sentence to cohesive paragraph writing, the topic sentence is the first mountain to climb.
It recommends that teachers should work to cultivate students' predicting ability so that the students can form a natural and effective listening habit and can predict based on the topic, topic sentence, key words, sentence development, grammatical relations, and logical development.
* Deductive organization, reinforced with a topic sentence
Give an overview in which you tell what you will discuss in one clear sentence: the famous Topic Sentence serves a speech as well as a paragraph.
classification is used to identify and separate out students whose only apparent disability or disorder is that they don't do well on language-oriented tasks (such as doing phonics, parsing sentences and identifying the topic sentence of paragraphs) or on worksheets and achievement tests in other subjects.
For this research the notions of P-unit and T-unit are introduced as paragraph-and sentence-segmentation concepts that are useful for the identification of the placement of the thesis statement and the topic sentence.
This general planning strategy provided the framework for the genre-specific strategy--TREE: Topic sentence, Reason, Explanation, and Ending (Harris & Graham, 1996).