What is a thesis statement?

A thesis statement is the most important part of your essay. Whether the question is asking you to discuss, weigh both sides of an argument or give your opinion, the thesis statement gives a clear answer that the rest of your paper will support.

Two types of thesis statements

General thesis statements. A general thesis statement tells the reader the topic of the essay, but not the exact points made. The specific points will appear later in the topic sentences of the body paragraphs.

                           non-specific ideas

There are three main reasons for not driving a car to help build a better future.

                                                                                non-specific ideas

Drastic lifestyle changes will have both positive and negative effects.


Specific thesis statements. A specific thesis statement tells the reader the exact argument or points that will be developed in the essay. Usually, the points are listed in the same order in which they appear in the body paragraphs.

                                                                                                                      specific points

Becoming a strict vegetarian can lead to a healthier body, a smaller ecological footprint, and a more spiritual life.

                                                                                               specific points

Some ways to lead a healthy life include waking up early, exercising, and meditating.

AVOID writing thesis statements announcing what you’re going to do. For example,

This essay will discuss some reasons why this has occurred and examine the consequences of this worrying trend.


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