|Topic sentence gives a simple definition.|
|Support sentences give more information through the use of examples, description or explanation.|
|Concluding sentence (usually unnecessary)|
* A simple definition has three parts: item, category and features.
|1. Item||2. Category||3. Features|
|A forsythia||is a flowering shrub||with yellow bell-shaped blossoms.|
|Herbivores||are animals||which feed on plants.|
|Change||is a type of process||which involves passing from one state or phase to another.|
Useful transitional words and phrases
For giving examples
for example, for instance, an illustration of this, another example
For providing a description
in the foreground, in the middle distance, in the background, in the far distance, next to, near, up, down, between, above, below, on top of, beneath, left, right, centre, front, back, middle, in the interior, on the exterior, on the inside, on the outside, surrounding
For beginning an explanation
at first, initially, to begin with, in the beginning, first of all, the first step
For continuing an explanation
while, as, at the same time, the next step, after, next, then, where, in general, other
For ending an explanation
finally, eventually, at last, the final/last step
Examples of questions requiring a definition paragraph
- What is venture capital?
- Define ‘over-fishing’.
- What are longitudinal dunes?
- What is meant by protein quality?
- What is cholera?