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Paragraph structure

What is a paragraph?

A paragraph is a series of sentences about a single topic, idea or theme.

Structure of a paragraph

Paragraphs have a clear structure. They must contain the following:

  • a topic sentence – this tells the reader the topic / main idea of the paragraph
  • supporting sentences – these support the main topic / idea, giving additional information
  • a concluding sentence – sums up what the paragraph said.

The topic sentence is generally the first sentence of a paragraph.

Example

Example of annotated paragraph

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