Kinds of Paragraphs


A paragraph is a collection of sentences on the same theme or topic. A
paragraph can consist of just a single sentence, although this is unusual (Skern, 2009:35). According to Savage and Shafiei (2007:5) a typical paragraph has a topic sentence, supporting sentences and a concluding sentence. A paragraph starts with a topic sentence that states the main idea of paragraph and it tells what the paragraph will explain about the topic. A topic sentence can be used as a helpful guidance for writer and reader. Furthermore, it is followed by supporting sentences to develop the
main idea. Supporting sentences give details about the topic. After finishing writing the supporting sentences, it ends with a concluding sentence as the summary of the paragraph. It restates the topic sentence with different words in the end of the paragraph.

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