Concluding Sentence
We have learnt that a paragraph contains a topic sentence, a few supporting details and a concluding sentence. All paragraphs begin with a topic sentence and end with a concluding sentence. A concluding sentence asserts the main idea of the paragraph and, while elaborating the conclusion, it connects the topic sentence and the ideas presented in the supporting details. In this lesson, we shall learn how to write a concluding sentence or how to draw conclusions on the ideas presented in a paragraph.
What is a concluding sentence?
A concluding sentence sums up the information that is presented in a paragraph. It completes the paragraph and restates the main idea. While approaching the conclusion linking words or phrases like therefore, thus, resulting, hence, in brief, to sum up, on the whole and in the end are very often used.
Let us now analyse our model paragraph.
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.
Obviously, the last sentence of the paragraph is the concluding sentence. It connects the topic sentence and the supporting details by contrasting the strengths and the weaknesses of the human body. By means of argument, it extends the logic that the human mind can work wonders only in a healthy body.