FORMULATING A CONCLUDING SENTENCE FOR A PARAGRAPH
Why is a concluding sentence important in a paragraph? It is needed to show that the writer has completed what he wants to say and to leave in the reader's mind a final statement of the paragraph's main idea. What is a concluding sentence? It pulls together or summarizes the main idea of the paragraph, usually in a single sentence. The concluding sentence also provides a definite ending point for the paragraph. What can you do to make sure that your concluding sentence is effective, that it restates the main idea and makes the reader feel that the paragraph is complete? Just follow these suggestions the next time you write a paragraph: 1. End the paragraph with a concluding sentence that summarizes or restates the main idea as expressed in the topic sentence.
Example: (topic sentence) -A grandfather is a very special person who has all of the good characteristics of a father but none of the faults. Example: (concluding sentence) -He will go to any length to plan special family gatherings at which grandfather is truly a grandfather.
(This sentence provides a good conclusion by restating the topic sentence.) 2. Make sure that the concluding sentence does not introduce another subject that is not covered by the paragraph, which includes the concluding sentence. (Introducing another subject, which is not covered by the paragraph, will confuse the reader and weaken the ending.) 3. Remember to tailor the conclusion to the type of paragraph you are writing. (The conclusion for each kind of paragraph should be handled differently.) Suggestions for concluding each major type of paragraph are summarized below:
A. In a "comparison/contrast" paragraph, include in the concluding sentence both of the subjects being compared/contrasted. This approach will reinforce the controlling idea of the topic sentence --in this case, the sharp contrast between two football coaches, "Bud" Wilkinson and "Bear" Bryant.
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