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topic sentence

or topical sentence

noun
1.
a sentence that expresses the essential idea of a paragraph or larger section, usually appearing at the beginning.
Origin of topic sentence
1915-1920
First recorded in 1915-20
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  • Perhaps you expect to begin with, or to lead up to, a topic sentence.

    Business English

    Rose Buhlig
  • (c) the final sentence either emphasizes the thought of the topic sentence or states some important consequence.

    The Elements of Style William Strunk
  • This can sometimes be done by a mere word or phrase (again; therefore; for the same reason) in the topic sentence.

    The Elements of Style William Strunk
  • Sometimes, however, it is expedient to precede the topic sentence by one or more sentences of introduction or transition.

    The Elements of Style William Strunk
  • The brief paragraphs of animated narrative, however, are often without even this semblance of a topic sentence.

    The Elements of Style William Strunk
  • In this paragraph every sentence is a repetition of some part of the opening or topic sentence, and serves to explain it.

    English: Composition and Literature

    W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
  • Is his last sentence, in case it is a repetition of the topic, longer or shorter than the topic sentence?

    English: Composition and Literature

    W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
  • Each division and subdivision will naturally contain a topic sentence.

  • A paragraph that begins with a topic sentence sometimes ends with a sentence of conclusion.

    Business English

    Rose Buhlig
  • Does he place the topic sentence near the beginning of the paragraphs?

    English: Composition and Literature

    W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
British Dictionary definitions for topic sentence

topic sentence

noun
1.
a sentence in a paragraph that expresses the main idea or point of the whole paragraph
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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topic sentence in Culture

topic sentence definition


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

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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