Supporting Details -2
     
 

In the previous lesson we have learnt how supporting details explain the main idea. In this lesson let us practice some more exercises and try writing supporting details. 

 
Supporting details illustrate, interpret and unfold the main idea. They provide examples, reasons and statistics that make the main idea clear and convincing. There are two kinds of supporting details. The main idea is often supported by major details. Minor details are used to support the main idea indirectly. The major details are essential to understand the main idea and the minor details support major details.
 
Let us examine the major and minor details in the paragraph, the human body.
 
The Human Body

The human body is a wonderful piece of work that nature has created.

It is not beautiful like the body of a butterfly or peacock but it is shaped practically. It can do many types of work which other animals cannot. It is not strong like the body of a tiger. But in place of physical strength it has a big and sharp brain.
By using this brain the human physique has been able to overcome many of its limitations. By sitting in an aeroplane it flies faster than a kite, by riding a motorcycle it travels faster than a leopard, and by firing a machine gun it fights much better than a tiger.
In spite of all this, the human body suffers from many diseases because it has a weakness for habits such as smoking, drinking and overeating. When it is healthy the body can give great pleasure but when it is sick it can cause great pain.
The wise man would always keep his body fit because a healthy mind can work only in a healthy body.