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    writing in English

    I'm a teacher of English in Indonesia
    I wonder if topic sentence in a scientific paragraph always put in the first sentence of the paragraph. Is it possible writing the topic sentence in the middle or last paragraph?

    I have difficulties in explaining how to say bag and back to my student, they sound the same. Could you give any advise?
    Thank you

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    Re: writing in English

    A topic sentence does not have to come at the start of a paragraph.

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    Re: writing in English

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I'm a teacher of English in Indonesia.
    I wonder if the topic sentence in a scientific paragraph must always be put in the first sentence of the paragraph. Is it possible writing to write the topic sentence in the middle or end of the paragraph?

    I have difficulties in explaining how to say bag and back to my students as they sound the same. Could you give any advice?
    Thank you
    Given that you're an English teacher, I feel a little bad about this, but please note the corrections to your original post, in red above.

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    Re: writing in English

    While I agree completely with Tdol, if your students are just learning, it may be best to follow the same model at first and to simply lead off your introductory paragraph with a topic sentence to start with.

    As their writing becomes more advanced, they can lead off with an attention-getting sentence, and then state their topic sentence at the end of the first paragraph.

    I would suggest that burying it in the middle of the paragraph is not a good idea.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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