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Run-On Sentences

Run-on sentences occur when writers try to combine more than one idea into a single sentence. They cause confusion because readers are not sure when one idea ends and the next one begins. Read our entry and test your knowledge with our quiz!

Topic Sentences

Topic Sentences come at the beginning of each body paragraph and sum up the main point of that paragraph. They help transition from the previous topic, and give your reader an idea of what you’re going to talk about in the paragraph. 

Example: Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because of all the food.

This is an effective topic sentence because it introduces the topic (Thanksgiving) and your reason for it being your favorite holiday (all the food). Notice that the topic sentence is similar to a thesis statement for the paragraph. This gives you a good opportunity to talk about the various foods you enjoy on Thanksgiving in more detail. By kicking things off with this summary sentence, you can clarify the relationship between the other parts of your paragraph. 

Spending time creating strong topic sentences is a great way to make sure your ideas and papers are organized.