How to write a Paragraph!
1. A paragraph is a group of sentences dealing with a single idea.
2. Indent the first word of every paragraph.
3. Start a new paragraph for each new speaker.
4. Do not leave part of a line blank unless it is the end of a paragraph
5. Every paragraph should contain a topic sentence. A topic sentence is a sentence which clearly states the main idea of the paragraph
6. Use a transitional sentence between paragraphs. A transitional sentence points out the relationship between two paragraphs.
7. Include only one main idea in each paragraph.
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What is a sentence??
A sentence is a group of words that expresses a complete thought when we write or speak.
Every complete sentence has two parts: the subject and the predicate.
The complete subject of a sentence is the part of the sentence that is being talked about. The subject must include a noun, pronoun or words acting as nouns or pronouns.
The predicate of a sentence is the part that tells something about the subject. The predicate must include an action verb or a linking verb.
A noun is the name of a person, place, thing or idea.
A pronoun takes the place of a noun.
A verb is a word that tells action.
Linking verbs are verbs which connect the subject with a word in the predicate that names or describes the subject. Linking verbs do not show action.
The car/ drove down the road.
The cat / jumped on the table!
Types of sentences
1. A statement is a telling sentence. It must end with a period.
We are walking to town.
The water is warm.
2. A question is an asking sentence. It must end with a question mark.
What time is it?
Where do you live?
3. An exclamatory sentence shows excitement or strong feeling.
Its must end with a exclamation mark!
My mom and dad bought me a car!
4. An imperative sentence gives a command or makes a request. It must end with a period.
Roby, go clean the kitchen up.
Turn on the light.
Please bring me my shoes.
sources: learning grammar through writing by sandra bell and james wheeler