The main point of the paragraph (the housing industry is doing badly) is supported by a number of specific facts: sales are down, house prices are down, construction has stopped, carpenters are unemployed, and lumber sales are down. The last sentence concludes the paragraph by reinforcing just how bad the housing situation is. But the following paragraph has sentences that are not related to the main idea. 4.When I was growing up, one of the places I enjoyed most was the cherry tree in the back yard.Behind the yard were an alley and then more houses. Every summer when the cherries began to ripen, I used to spend hours high in the tree, picking and eating the sweet, sun-warmed cherries. My mother always worried about my falling out of the tree, but I never did. But I had some competition for the cherries- flocks of birds that enjoyed them as much as I did and would perch all over the tree, devouring the fruit whenever I wasn’t there. I used to wonder why the grown-ups never ate any of the cherries; but actually when the birds and I had finished, there weren’t many left.
SOPHOMORE ENGLISH UNIT 5: DISCOURSE BDU, ENGLISH DEPARTMENT 68No sentence is completely irrelevant to the general topic of this paragraph (the cherry tree), but the sentences Behind the yard was an alley and thenmore housesandMy mother always worried about my falling out of thetree, but I never diddo not develop the specific idea in the first sentence: enjoymentof the cherry tree. Exercise 1 Circle the letter of one sentence in each group that is not clearly related to the topic for that group of sentences. 1.Topic: I am sick of eating 'Ambasha' a.I've been eating 'Ambasha' twice a day all semesters. b.It is starting to taste like dog food c.I love Injera very much. d.I'm getting fat from eating 'Ambasha'. e.I get a stomachache just thinking about eating another 'Ambasha' 2.Topic: There are many ways to study for a test. a.You can review a few hours the night before the test. b.You can study an hour a night the week of the test c.You can study with friends and help each other d.You can get up early the morning of the test and study e.You can improve your grades by attending class regularly 3.Topic: Bahir Dar is a pleasant place to live a. There are three movie theaters in town. b.The people are friendly. c.There is very little crime. d.There is a bad smell coming from the town dump.
SOPHOMORE ENGLISH UNIT 5: DISCOURSE BDU, ENGLISH DEPARTMENT 69e.There are many places to shop for clothes. 4.Topic: The baby isn't hungry this morning. a.She keeps spitting out her food. b.She keeps playing with her food. c.She turns her head when I try to feed her d.Her stomach looks stuffed. e.She loves rice pudding for lunch. 5.Topic: Registration this semester was confusing.