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topic sentence

a sentence that expresses the essential idea of a paragraph or larger section, usually appearing at the beginning.
Origin of topic sentence
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for topic sentence
  • The essay is organized into several paragraphs, each of which begins with a tidy topic sentence.
  • People talk for hours without uttering a single topic sentence.
  • Model strategies for writing a topic sentence for narrative writing.
  • Distinguish between a thesis statement and a topic sentence.
  • Each body paragraph should begin with a topic sentence that highlights one qualification.
  • Avoid writing that lumps together unrelated information without a strong topic sentence.
  • Most paragraphs are indented and contain a topic sentence and supporting sentences.
  • Conventional paragraph structure requires that the topic sentence be presented first, followed by connected, coherent sentences.
  • Select a topic sentence, or invent one if it is missing.
  • Specifically, writers generally rely on inductive reasoning to provide the proper support for the topic sentence of a paragraph.
British Dictionary definitions for topic sentence

topic sentence

a sentence in a paragraph that expresses the main idea or point of the whole paragraph
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topic sentence definition

The main sentence in a paragraph, often the first sentence. It briefly conveys the essential idea of the paragraph.

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