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ENT100 How to Construct a Paragraph There are three parts to a paragraph, the topic sentence, supporting details (the meat of the matter) and the closing sentence. 1. Topic sentence – introduces the idea of the paragraph, tells the reader what the paragraph will be about. 2. Supporting details – make up the bulk of the paragraph, give the information that develops and supports the main idea of your paragraph giving facts and details. 3. Closing sentence – this is the last sentence in the paragraph and it restates the principle idea of the paragraph and leads into the next paragraph. Here is an example of a paragraph taken from the Wikipedia entry on Biological Control (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biological_control): Topic sentence – The conservation of natural enemies is probably the most important and readily available biological control practice available to homeowners and gardeners. Natural enemies occur in all areas, from the backyard garden to the commercial field. They are adapted to the local environment and to the target
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