or topical sentence
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In exposition and argument, and sometimes in the other forms of discourse, the topic-sentence may be at the end of the paragraph.
In these cases the topic-sentence follows the transition, and it may come as late as the middle of the paragraph.
Below are four paragraphs, from different forms of discourse, all having the topic-sentence at the beginning.
In narration and in a short paragraph of description this paragraph of details is frequently without a topic-sentence.
In isolated paragraphs, paragraphs that are indeed compositions in miniature, the topic-sentence is the first sentence.
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Cultural definitions for topic sentence
The main sentence in a paragraph, often the first sentence. It briefly conveys the essential idea of the paragraph.