Do you know what a paragraph is?
It’s a small group of sentences about the same topic or idea. Actually， paragraph writing is lots of fun! In speaking， our ideas and opinions can be heard only at that time， but when we write down our ideas they are recorded forever.
Just imagine， in the future your grandchildren may even read some of your English paragraphs!! In my Reading and Writing Class， one thing we study is paragraph writing. In order to write a good paragraph it is important that it is easy to understand for the reader. Specifically， paragraphs should start with a topic sentence that introduces the main idea and then include supporting sentences that give more information about that idea.
Some paragraphs also finish with a concluding sentence. It’s important that the supporting sentences are linked together to make them easy to read and understand. To do this we use linking devices. Linking devices are words that let us do things such as give more information， give opposing (opposite) information， and give the order of actions.
Examples of linking devices are: however， furthermore and finally. Often linking devices come at the start or the sentence and are followed by a comma. The following are common linking devices used in English writing， can you match them with their use?
Linking device Example of use
Eg. Additionally， To give specific information to support an idea
On the other hand， To give the next action in order of time
After that， To give more information about the same idea
For example， To give an opposite idea
Answers to last blog's questions:
1) merry ⇒ b) Christmas
2) festive ⇒ c) atmosphere
3) happy ⇒ d) New Year!
4) family ⇒ a) gathering