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posted May 11, 2015, 9:22 AM by Aji Sutarmaji   [ updated May 16, 2015, 1:34 AM ]

Definition of Paragraphs

If you want to be a good writer, you should know what paragraph is. So, what is a paragraph? You are right. A paragraph is a group of sentences that explain or expresses one idea. All of the sentences in a paragraph have to talk about one idea. This idea is called the topic. The main idea of a paragraph usually consists of the topic and the controlling idea (the opinion of the writer).

Parts of  a Paragraph

    A paragraph normally has three parts.
  1. a topic sentence
  2. some supporting sentences
  3. a concluding sentence
Let's see those three parts of a paragraph now. First, the topic sentence usually consists of two parts, the topic and the controlling idea ( or the opinion of the writer ). Second, the supporting sentences usually give details, reasons and explanations about the topic sentence. Last, the concluding sentence usually restates the topic sentence in a different way. See the following example : 

Paragraph Sample

    I am a quiet boy . I never want to talk a lot to anyone. Even when I am happy, I rarely say anything. All I can do is just smile. Likewise, when I am sad, words never come out of my mouth. I just can cry and close my bedroom door. Whatever happens, I am always silent.

  1. The topic sentence is printed in green.
  2. The supporting sentences are printed in black.
  3. The concluding sentence is printed in blue.