This section examines the ways in which the concluding sentences of paragraphs contribute to a text’s cohesiveness. It also provides an opportunity for you to practise writing concluding sentences.
What do concluding sentences do?
Concluding sentences link one paragraph to the next and provide another device for helping you ensure your text is cohesive. While not all paragraphs include a concluding sentence, you should always consider whether one is appropriate.
Concluding sentences have three crucial roles in paragraph writing.
They draw together the information you have presented to elaborate your controlling idea by:
They often link the current paragraph to the following paragraph. They may anticipate the topic sentence of the next paragraph by:
They often qualify the information or perspectives developed in the elaboration. They may qualify this information by:
For more information, see Module 2, Unit 4, Section 4.4: Using concessive clauses.
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