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Therefore, facts are one of the worst types of topic sentences you can ever write. Take the following examples: Airplanes carry passengers from one city to another. We celebrate No-Ruz from 1 to 13 Farvardin each year. 2. A topic sentence cannot be a simple personal opinion. Do not begin your topic sentences with such phrases as I like, I think, I believe, etc. Like factual statements, expressions of personal opinion are dead ends too. Once you enter them, you will not be able to find any exit out of them.

Be the most general sentence in the paragraph. introduce the topic of the paragraph. contain words or phrases that narrow the topic. A topic sentence makes a statement about the topic which limits it to a certain degree. In other words, a good topic sentence has two elements: (a) the topic, and (b) controlling ideas. A controlling idea is a word or phrase that narrows the topic. It is sometimes called a limiting statement. The supporting sentences of a paragraph should explain, define, clarify, or illustrate the controlling ideas of the paragraph.

Statistics show that Asian countries produced about 90 percent of the world's 569 million tons of rice in 1996. Typically, China and India together produced about 55 percent of the world’s rice, and it is a significant agricultural crop in more than 50 other Asian countries. 4 million tons of rice in 1996. In the same year, Thailand exported significantly more rice than many other countries. 2 million tons, or about 24 percent of its total production that year. 6 million tons, or about 3 percent of its total production of rice in the same year.

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