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