Answered By: Paul Lai
Last Updated: Jul 03, 2023     Views: 3926

thesis statement (also sometimes called a purpose statement) tells the reader what claim you will be making or point you will be showing in your writing. In other words, it gives the main argument of your work. 

Usually a thesis statement appears within the first paragraph of a paper. It should be arguableconcise, and specific. Thesis statements can take many forms, so see the Writing Center's tips on constructing a thesis.


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