topic sentence

topic sentence
noun Date: 1885 a sentence that states the main thought of a paragraph or of a larger unit of discourse and is usually placed at or near the beginning

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  • topic sentence — n. the principal sentence, setting forth the main idea and coming usually at the beginning, in a paragraph or section of a discourse, esp. of an expository nature …   English World dictionary

  • Topic sentence — The topic sentence is a primarily prescriptive grammatical term to describe what is usually, but not always, the first sentence in a paragraph. The topic sentence acts as a kind of summary and offers the reader an insightful view of the writer’s… …   Wikipedia

  • topic sentence — noun a sentence that states the topic of its paragraph • Hypernyms: ↑sentence …   Useful english dictionary

  • topic sentence — a sentence that expresses the essential idea of a paragraph or larger section, usually appearing at the beginning. Also, topical sentence. [1915 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • topic sentence — noun A sentence at the beginning of a paragraph indicating the general matter to be discussed later in that paragraph …   Wiktionary

  • topic sentence — top′ic sen′tence n. a sentence that expresses the essential idea of a paragraph or larger section, usu. at the beginning • Etymology: 1915–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • Topic — can refer to: * An area of interest, also called a subject ** The focus of an article in a publication ** The focus of a discussion or debate; see On topic * Topic (or theme) in linguistics, the part of a proposition that is being talked about… …   Wikipedia

  • Sentence element — Sentence elements are the groups of words that combine together to comprise the ‘building units’ of a well formed sentence. A sentence element approach to grammar assumes a top down methodology. In other words, it starts with the sentence as a… …   Wikipedia

  • Topic (linguistics) — In linguistics, the topic (or theme) is the part of the proposition that is being talked about (predicated). Once stated, the topic is therefore old news , i.e. the things already mentioned and understood. For example, the topic is emphasized in… …   Wikipedia

  • Sentence spacing — Double sentence spaced typewriter text (1946) vs. single sentence spaced typeset text (1979) Sentence spacing is the horizontal space between sentences in typeset text. It is a matter of typographical convention …   Wikipedia

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