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Paragraphs

A Paragraph is a group of connected sentences that is generally made up of one main idea and a group of supporting sentences. Paragraphs are the basic unit for building longer pieces of writing, eg essays, reports, assignments etc.

Paragraphs contain three main parts:

  • A topic sentence - contains the main idea of the paragraph. It's often but not always the first sentence of the paragraph.
  • Supporting sentences - these sentences develop or give details about the topic sentence. They can:
    • expand on the main point
    • offer explanations
    • give examples
    • give additional details.
  • A concluding sentence which summarises the paragraph or may provide a link to the next paragraph. This sentence is not always necessary in a paragraph.

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