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What is Main Idea?

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  • What's it all about?

    The answer to this question is the main idea. The Main idea refers to what a paragraph or an article is about. "Main" means what is important, or key, the heart of the matter. "Idea" means the thought, the thesis or the topic.

     

    Finding the Main Idea

    In English paragraphs, the Main Idea will most likely be found in one of these five places:

    in the first sentence
    in the last sentence
    in the middle of the paragraph
    in two sentences of the paragraph
    not stated in the paragraph directly (implied)
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