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One Main Idea


A paragraph talks about one main idea. A main idea is the topic of the paragraph. The paragraph includes specific details and examples about the main idea. For example, in the paragraph below the main idea is "Mary is a kind person."

My friend Mary is a very kind person. She likes helping people. She visits sick people in hospital and she spends time reading to young children at the library. She brings food to her elderly neighbour because he cannot cook for himself anymore. She takes another neighbour's dog for a walk because that person is in a wheelchair. Mary is the kindest person I know.

All the sentences in this paragraph are about how kind Mary is. This is one of the most important rules for a paragraph: there should be only one main idea.