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two or more sentences which relate to a single topic. intented 5 spaces
Ussually the first sentence presenting the main concept of the paragraph.
Developmental (support) sentences
Follow topic sentence to provide info about topic sentence.
Four Elements of a well-written paragraph
- Unity: paragraph relates to central idea
- Thoroughness: when a writer has provided the reader with enough detail and explanation about the topic of paragraph
- Organization: Order of ideas are presented in developmental sentences.
- Transitional connectives: smooth flow from one written concept to another.
- ex. time/process: after, before, since, during
Common transitional terms for Time/process
After, before, since, during, later, meanwhile, soon, while, earlier, next, finally, daily, monthly, then, now, in the past, simultaneously
Common transitional terms for place/direction
here, there, next to, before, beyond, in front, near by, opposite, under, above, adjacent, right, left, distant, farther, further.
Common transitional terms for comparison/likeness
similarly, likewise, by comparison, in a like manner, much the same, akin to, alike
Common transitional terms for contrast/difference
but, however, on the other handm yet, other wise, nevertheless, or, still, conversely, on the contrary, by contrast, notwithstanding, although
Common transitional terms for addition/alternative
and, in addition, moreover, furthermore, next, another point, also, besides, too, again, in fact
Common transitional terms for examples/details
to illustrate, for example, to wit, as is, shown by, for instance
Common transitional terms for restatement/intensification
to repeat, for emphasis, again, as noted earlier, in other words, in short, to be specific, briefly
Common transitional terms for cause/reason
Thus, therefore, consequently, so , hence, then, accordingly, as a result ,there upon, for the purpose of, with intent to.
Common transitional terms for summary/ending
to conclude, finally, in summary, to sum up, overall, indeed, in closing