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Paragraphs are groups of sentences that are united by a common theme or idea related to the overall topic or purpose of the writing. The structure of paragraphs varies greatly. Many paragraphs in formal writing include (a) a topic sentence to identify the main idea or theme of the paragraph, (b) supporting sentences to provide elaborations, evidence, and/or examples for the idea, and (c) linking sentences that connect the idea to the main thesis and/or the next paragraph.
Paragraph: Which sentences go together?
For example, the the Persuasive Essay Example includes four paragraphs. The second paragraph begins with a topic sentence:
The dichotomy between nature and nurture is arguably false because the concepts are relative and mutually dependent categories.
It continues with some supporting sentences which include examples:
For example, a society that values and nurtures logico-mathematical intelligence due to selection pressures in a particular environment (e.g., how to engineer and throw a spear to kill a woolly mammoth) may select genes related to intelligence that appear natural to successive generations.
And, it ends with a linking sentence that relates to the overall thesis:
Thus, the dichotomy between nature and nurture only appears when the concepts are compared in a single generation.
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