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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
Which of the following is a good topic sentence?

What are the three parts of a paragraph?

What is the purpose of the closing sentence?

Which of the following is an example of a good main point, followed by a detail?

A good topic sentence should always be...


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180 Comments on “Introduction to English Academic Writing – Parts of a Paragraph”


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Alex, Thanks so much, that help alot to proof my English.

Monday, May 25th 2009

Ho Alex
I was very interesting your lesson. Although I can’t understand all that you say still, I could understand perfectly the topic of your lesson. Your explanation very clear.

Thank you
Raul

Monday, May 25th 2009

Thanks!

Tuesday, May 26th 2009

thanks alot for your lesson. it’s help me to more understand about essay

Wednesday, May 27th 2009

Very good lesson. It was straight to the point!

Thursday, May 28th 2009

thanxx

it help me a lot

Monday, June 8th 2009

Lesson lets us to know what frame work make our paragraph interesting.

Friday, June 12th 2009

Thank you it help me lot all the way

Monday, June 15th 2009

Dear Alex,

Many thanks for your great teaching. I can clearly understand what you have taught and explained. Your pronunciation is very clear and very good. I like it very much.

Thanks again.

Kind Regards,

Juu from Laos (Asia)

Wednesday, June 17th 2009

Man….
Thanks soooo much for this great class!!

It has already made me feel more comfortable on writing.

;-)

Friday, June 19th 2009

thank you so much Alex

Wednesday, July 1st 2009

First of all I want to say that you are incredible teacher.
I’m currently living in USA for 4 years but my writing skill is still very poor.
After I watched this lesson I have a question about thesis statement in the introduction part. It would be good if you explain more about thesis statement because in USA is important as well. Thanks.

Wednesday, July 1st 2009

    Your thesis is the main argument of your essay. It is important to have in your introductory paragraph, so your teacher will know what you are writing about, and what your opinion about it is. If there is anything more specific that you would like to ask, please feel free. Thanks for writing!

    Saturday, September 19th 2009

Hi, Alex! I got 5 correct answers again! I’m so clever) To be honest, I don’t like writing, because it’s one of the most difficult part in English language. By the way, how should I write: one of the most difficult part or one of the most difficult parts?

Sunday, July 26th 2009

    Alena, the correct sentence is, “One of the most difficult parts.” You cannot say “one of,” unless there is more than one thing you are talking about. More examples:

    “One of my friends,” and NOT “One of my friend.”
    “One of the best countries,” and NOT “One of the best country.”
    “One of her favourite movies,” and NOT “One of her favourite movie.”

    I hope this helps. Thank you for commenting.

    Saturday, September 19th 2009

      ehy guys, you are really really unique on line. Seriously, and though inbeliavable, absolutly freeee

      Monday, July 25th 2011

        sorry, I meant, unbeliavable

        Monday, July 25th 2011

thanks for the short but interesting lesson!

Tuesday, August 4th 2009

thanks a lot because it help me a lot my god bless you

Wednesday, August 26th 2009

It lesson was very instructive, because at this way it’s possible to evaluate the quality of any academic paragraph and to extract the essence of that.

Sunday, September 13th 2009

bless your heart mcHart

Thursday, October 8th 2009

nice

Saturday, October 10th 2009

I got 5 out of 5 correct answers. More please. Shukran ;-p

Saturday, October 24th 2009

Thanks , that was very interesting…

Sunday, December 20th 2009

This lesson if gr8.I hope this will help me to score in my mtel test.I scored 4 in your test.So,what do you think am I a good or bad whiter?

Saturday, February 27th 2010

thanks teacher my name is Agha gul Himatyar I am from Afghanistan I am working in Mazar Airport I need to improve my speaking and listening skills teacher could you please send me some useful video to improve my speaking and listening thanks

Saturday, March 13th 2010

Que dijo????.. just kiddin’ man .. great class by the way…

Friday, March 19th 2010

Thank you very much Mr Alex …I want your advice .. Is it true that i can learn English through your lessons ? I hope so .

Saturday, March 20th 2010

I was a little confused thank you Alex.

Tuesday, March 30th 2010

Dear Alex,
Many thanks for you . your teaching is very clearly and simply . I can simply understand what you have taught .
Best wishes
Ali from Egypt

Tuesday, May 4th 2010

Dear Alex, Your lessons are very instructive. Many thanks.

Saturday, May 15th 2010

hey it was very nice ………..can u plz tell us that how to write an intermediary essay ………

Saturday, May 29th 2010

Thank you Alix
Your lession speak to me and make it easy for me to understand the lession

Friday, June 4th 2010

Thank you my teacher Alix.
you make me perfect

Sunday, June 27th 2010

Thanks a lot mister Alex for you, but I don’t know how to write a good essay.Could you tell me how please.

Thursday, July 8th 2010

hi Alix
could you please give us more explanation how to write Graphs, Charts, Tables and Pie for (IELTS Writing) exam

Wednesday, July 14th 2010

hi Alex

i have a problem with tense whenIwrite .what can I do to fix this problem?

Friday, July 23rd 2010

Hi Alex! I do enjoy your teaching, lot, but i wanted to learn English grammar and writing systemically. Like lesson 1 and Lesson 2. How am i gonna do that? I was looking at all the topics and levels but i got confused! Please help me. I did signed up for membership, somehow i didn’t get the password. Therefore i couldn’t sign-in. I am trying to go to college in North America. I suppose to take placement test on August 31,2010

Tuesday, July 27th 2010

    Hi, Bel.

    Unfortunately, the website does not offer a lesson by lesson curriculum, so you have to know what you are looking for, and then just search for a video that talks about what you want to know.

    Sunday, January 23rd 2011

It was a very goosd idea to how start a good paragraph and support all the ideas. It will help me a lot. Thanks

Wednesday, August 11th 2010

it is a very good video. such materials help a lot to begin a writing. bye bye

Thursday, August 12th 2010

This video is excellent! It helps us to make a good academic writing. It explains clearly about each step which we should follow in order to have cohesive text! It is very good! I would like to see more videos like that!

Thursday, August 12th 2010

I hope it can help me. It was a nice idea to how start a good paragraph and support all the ideas.

Thursday, August 12th 2010

Great video! It is simple and clear to understand each part of a paragraph!

Saturday, August 14th 2010

Hi Alex,
I reaaly enjoy your video. I

Sunday, August 22nd 2010

Hi Alex,
I really enjoy your video, It`s very simple and interesting. It will certainly help me do my paragraphs in the future. I recommed to everyone.
Thanks a lot.

Sunday, August 22nd 2010

I was an interesting video and gave me another view about closing sentences.

Saturday, September 11th 2010

Hi Alex,how are you?Can you tell us something about you?Are you married?Have you any children…….?

Monday, September 20th 2010

Hi Alex.

Your lessons are useful and they are very understandable, but I’d like to ask you something important.
Can you please tell me the difference between a paragraph and an essay?
I’m asking you this, because I work as an English Teacher and I have a few doubts about this particular theme.
I will appreciate a lot your help.

Thank you.

PS. give my warm greetings to all the staff of this wonderful website.

Wednesday, September 22nd 2010

    Hi John,

    An essay is basically an extended paragraph. Just like a paragraph has a topic sentence, supporting details, and a concluding sentence, an essay will usually have an introductory paragraph, body paragraphs, and a concluding paragraph. It’s the typical “sandwich” structure that most essay writing classes will teach.

    I hope this helps.

    Sunday, January 23rd 2011

hi dear Alex thanks so much for teaching. then can you help me how can i improve my language and how can i understand easily.
again thank so much.
Mousa form Afghanistan

Tuesday, October 19th 2010

thanks a lot .I appreciate your way of teaching.you’re an artist .go on

Friday, November 5th 2010

waaaaaaaaaaw it’s very nice lesson i like it i wana to listen evry day tnanks teacher by

Thursday, November 11th 2010

Thank you.

Friday, December 17th 2010

I got to work hard and stop rushing through my work and end up failing!

Sunday, December 19th 2010

thank you.

Sunday, December 19th 2010

this is nice class,,,,thank u alex

Tuesday, December 28th 2010

Alex, you are a good teacher, thank you.

Thursday, January 6th 2011

What are the essential elements of a paragraph?

Wednesday, January 19th 2011

    It really depends on what kind of writing you are doing, but most people agree that the essential parts of any paragraph are:

    1. Topic sentence
    2. Supporting points and details
    3. Concluding/transition sentence

    Sunday, January 23rd 2011

thank you very much sir

Sunday, January 30th 2011

English is my first language, but I have difficulty with punctuation and grammar. I am returning to university after ten years of being out of school. I am certain this site will be helpful.
:))

Monday, February 7th 2011

Thanks Alex

Saturday, February 12th 2011

thank you for your great help…

Wednesday, February 16th 2011

Hi Alex,
I really enjoy your teaching, as it provides information for the students step by step. I get involve with the topic of the topic which is going to teach and then my information build up as your explanation continuous. So, I do not get confused, and feel comfortable with the new materials. In addition, I can improve my understanding of the materials by listening to the examples which are thoroughly explained with a calm reassuring tone of voice.

Saturday, March 5th 2011

Dear Alex ! Thank you for the useful and practical “lesson”.

Please, I would like to know if it is advisable to use “idioms” in academic writings such as the “TOEFL test” .

Thank you kindly.
I wish you all the best of luck, N

Thursday, March 10th 2011

HI Alex! thank you. Do you know what book is the best to improve writing skill? Especially academic.

Sunday, March 13th 2011

very usefull video

Tuesday, March 15th 2011

thank you…its a great lesson.

Tuesday, March 22nd 2011

thanks alex for a goo english class

Monday, March 28th 2011

i found this site very interesting and helpful. All the teachers are doing very well, particularly i feel comfortable with the duration of the lectures, and the choices of the topics are very interesting. the one thing i didn’t found that whenever i login here the lectures and topics are not in a sequence, Also i didn’t found enough videos on sentences and grammar. i hope endvid team will look into this matter.
Dear Alex, you are a good teacher and your lectures are awesome.

Tuesday, March 29th 2011

That would be helpful to me~ Thanks again.

Sunday, April 3rd 2011

I find it very inmportant what you are giving to us .
keep going helping us ,please .
thank you
mohamed

Tuesday, April 5th 2011

hello
i watch the video and it was great it will help me in the assignment writing

Thursday, April 7th 2011

I hope that I will have benefits of this web. I Study english ,and my writing so much weak.

Tuesday, April 12th 2011

thx a lot Alex…i hope this video make me get a good grade for my academic writing test tommorow..I’m Indonesian (ITB)Student.

Thursday, April 14th 2011

great way, thanks a lot

Saturday, April 16th 2011

Thank you Quiz Score 100 :)

Sunday, May 1st 2011

If you had a million dolars, what would you do, what would you do?

Thursday, May 12th 2011

    READ MORE BOOKS.

    Thursday, May 12th 2011

    TRAVELLING EVERYWHERE!!!! (but if you really have one million dollar, don’t ask too much and enjoy it!!!)

    Tuesday, June 14th 2011

Dear teach alex,what can I do to inprove my writing? but I really thank you

Thursday, May 26th 2011

Thank you Mr Alex.
This lesson is very valuable for me. I would like to ask a question that could you teach us about transition words such as moreover, furthermore, although, thereby, indeed too many words?
After these words, shall i always use comma or not?

Saturday, May 28th 2011

thank you very much
i hope have you fine by the grace of Almighty Allah or all your noble family,

Monday, June 6th 2011

this lesson tends to be very useful and solid. Thank you very much for your teaching!

Wednesday, June 8th 2011

Thanks Alex, very helpful.

Sunday, June 26th 2011

thank u very much alex.

Thursday, June 30th 2011

I’m not good yet English, thank you Alex your really are good teacher. When you’re talking I can listen and understand that help a lot to proof my English

Friday, July 15th 2011

hi alex ,I’m from Thailand.My English is very poor but I believe your lesson is very helpful.Thanks a lot ^_^

Monday, July 18th 2011

hi, Alex i really like your lectures i attend your class through internet & i really like to learn more from you. i would like to learn english through your lecture so plz help me to improve my skills. i shall be thankful for your act.

Sunday, August 7th 2011

My mr Alex I understand you lecture about top sentence,body,and conculsion.Thank youi

Wednesday, August 10th 2011

very good alex my quiz was 4 out of 5 because uu made mee get beteer

Friday, September 9th 2011

Hi Alex!

I really enjoy your lessons! Congratulations!They are very helpful!

Saturday, September 10th 2011

Hi Alex !
great! thanks

Tuesday, September 20th 2011

that was very nice lesson

Wednesday, September 28th 2011

Hello Alex,

I appreciate to know first, whether we need to include title for an assay.
second, I need to know how much space should be put before starting introduction paragraph or the rest of paragraphs?

Best regards

Oumed

Tuesday, October 4th 2011

Thank you so much, it was very clear and it will help a lot to produce paragraph for any subject.
Also can I have more practice for writing

David

Wednesday, October 5th 2011

Hi Alex, this is my first day to know how people get their TOEFL test. I just started with 5 questions and my score was 100…thank, you help me a lot…

Wednesday, October 5th 2011

Your lessons are very useful.They helped me a lot and my writing has been improved

Wednesday, November 16th 2011

wow this helps alot

Wednesday, November 16th 2011

Hello T.Alex
Thank you for your lessons

Sunday, November 27th 2011

Thank you :)

Sunday, November 27th 2011

hello Sir Alex!
Thanks for the lesson you’ve shared to us.Now I can say that I really understood well all the topics my teacher discussed to us in the class.I enjoyed your lesson,really.Especially the quiz :)Thanks a lot once again and may you continue teaching others as well as inspiring them also.God Bless you..

Tuesday, December 6th 2011

Thanks Alex ,you are so good teaching .Thanks for your time.

Wednesday, December 7th 2011

thanks.

Monday, December 12th 2011

Hello sir Alex your less0ns are really informative,but i get c0nfused while using past perfect, it will be very kind of u if you upload a less0n regarding past perfect….

Sunday, December 18th 2011

thnx alot sir

Friday, December 30th 2011

thanks a lot mr: alex

Sunday, January 8th 2012

Hi teacher Alex.You are one of the best teachers who i have seen ever.Thank you for everything.:)

Wednesday, January 11th 2012

hi sir alex…..thank you so much for ur lesson. but i have a problem how to write a partial fulfillment of requirements in english?……. i will be if you answer my question……………..

Thursday, February 16th 2012

hello. thank you for these information. it was really useful. I appreciate your lessons.

Sunday, February 19th 2012

Thank u for ur clear explanation.

Tuesday, February 21st 2012

Thanks a lot Alex

Thursday, March 1st 2012

thank you Ronnie you are a great english teacher you help me a lot so thank you a lot.

Wednesday, March 7th 2012

Alex, Can you please clarify what you the difference between Thesis Statement and Topic sentence?

Thursday, March 8th 2012

Dear Alex,
this program reminds me about my early schooling where i kept feeling shy in writing,now with the passage of time and under yours guidance,i am now able to write on any topic.

Wednesday, March 21st 2012

thank you my teacher alex

Thursday, March 22nd 2012

Hey Alex,

If the essay question is “……….What are your views?”. How should i start the essay?

Friday, April 13th 2012

Hola alex

you are a wonderful teacher

thank you very much

Sunday, April 22nd 2012

thank you ALEX ,but my problem how to start writing introduction sentences “topic sentences” i need your advise.

Monday, April 23rd 2012

hello alex you are incredible teacher. and your lessons were very helpful to me

Tuesday, May 1st 2012

Thank you for teaching so nicely. You are a perfect teacher for the students.

Saturday, May 5th 2012

hi alex
thinks a lot for your lesson, i want to say more
you are one of may best teacher
thinks again

Monday, May 21st 2012

Hi, dear it is a wonderful lecture for beginner, and the way you expressed that is appreciable.

Tuesday, June 5th 2012

It is hard lesson than i thought,but it gives me much lessons,thanks!

Thursday, June 14th 2012

hi alex i realy do need your help,i have an exam tmrw and we have to write about our dreams for the future plzzz help me!!!! thx

Wednesday, June 20th 2012

sorry really

Wednesday, June 20th 2012


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This site is excellent!!!!

Sunday, July 1st 2012

this is ultimate

Thursday, July 19th 2012

THANKS A LOT

Saturday, July 21st 2012

THIS is great. Thanks for your wonderful lesson. Just wondering, If you could compare and show the different between essay, article and report writing. Please explain the different, comment pattern and the format of each. I’m asking on behalf all viewer and hope it will be very useful for all viewers.
Thanks.

Tuesday, July 24th 2012

thanks Alex for ur lovely teachıng…

Sunday, August 5th 2012

hello,Alex first of all thanks a million for the information i got from you and your fellows and i’d like make sure id this all about writing a paragraph.please reply as soon as possible.

Thursday, September 13th 2012

hi,Alex by the way i haven’t gotten a respond yet about my recent comment.

Saturday, September 15th 2012

dear Alex,
First of all, thank you very much for your useful lesson.
I am now a student and sometime i have to write essays by English. Can you give some advides to write an interesting essay.
Thanks a lot!

Thursday, September 27th 2012

i got a 4 out of 5. i guess i still need some polishing about which topic would really be interesting. an advice would really help. it’s also for me to improve my writing skills at school.

Saturday, October 6th 2012

people used to spend holidaus in the past and people nowadays spend holidays . Mr Alex plz i want you to help in this exercice (to make a topic sentence but a comparatif )

Tuesday, October 9th 2012

Thanks guys for this website .
it helps me to learn new language and new culture. im getting much better of you guys , keep going , we are always with you . And we will support you .

Sunday, October 14th 2012

Thank you.

Wednesday, October 24th 2012

Clear lesson.

Friday, October 26th 2012

hello
first thanks for all your information. please can i ask you to help about how to write a paragraph about positive and negative personality characteristic
thanks

Wednesday, October 31st 2012

thanks a lot my friend but i’m asking for the most difficult writing

Thursday, November 1st 2012

Hi I got 100 from your quiz , tomorrow I have test I’m writing a paragraph.
Tank you it was very useful.

Monday, December 10th 2012

Thank you Alex for this interesting lesson

Friday, January 4th 2013

thank you alot

Monday, January 7th 2013

it is not interesting of my life.

Wednesday, January 16th 2013

thank you

Thursday, January 17th 2013

Many thanks Alex very interesting!

Thursday, January 17th 2013

Thanks a lot Alex

This video was very useful and it learned to me new things, you and all the teachers from this web site really know how to learn in a easy way

Thanks,
EmeDe

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013

Hi, Thank you teacher Alex for your excellent lesson.

Thursday, January 31st 2013

Thnx Alex ..So Nice

Monday, February 4th 2013

I had many doubts regarding paragraph writing.Your lesson cleared all doubts.

Thank you

Monday, February 25th 2013

Could you deal with essay patterns,please? Argumentative,descriptive,narrative etc.one by one if you don’t mind.

Saturday, March 2nd 2013

hello bell your lesson is very nice i liked did you repeat me

Wednesday, March 6th 2013

Hi.alex am having lots of doubts in TOEFL if possible please forward skype id to my mail so that I can ask my doubts through skype please…..my id is jaikumar221989
waiting for your response thank you sir

Tuesday, March 12th 2013

please i want more of the essay tutorials. i will be writing my esl placement test soon for college

Wednesday, March 13th 2013

After watching your video i tried writing essay myself.. is there any correction need to be made?

LIVING IN CITY VS LIVING IN THE COUNTRY:

The country is a place that has a fresh and peaceful environment. Some people like to live in the country while other people prefer to live in the city. In my opinion, I would rather to live in the city because of facilities, quality of life, and opportunities there.
First, there are many advantages of facilities like the health care system, education institutions, and variety of entertainment. For example, there are clubs and restaurants in the city where people can enjoy their nights with family and friends. The city had many more hospitals and education systems than in the country.
Second, in the city, the quality of life is much better than in the country. For instance, the quality of education is high due to the availability of technology and modern teaching methods. Additionally, transport systems are more convenient for people. We are able to go wherever we want quickly and easily.
Finally, when we live in the city, we have more opportunities to improve life skills in society. In the city, we meet the wide variety of people coming from various places. As a result of this, we get to meet different people and get to know their culture and customs such as taste variety of foods, language. In addition, getting a job is easy because of the variety of jobs.
In conclusion, living in the city also has some disadvantages such as air pollution, traffic jam. However, the positive effects outweigh them. Thus, living in the city makes life easier and more comfortable.

Wednesday, March 13th 2013

Remarkable teaching method…Thanks!

Monday, April 1st 2013

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Thursday, April 4th 2013

I have a question, what elements can make more interesting a text when you are writing a composition , for example a description? how can I create a dominant impression?
thanks :)

Thursday, April 11th 2013

Thank you Alex!

Sunday, April 14th 2013

you are like the big world

Saturday, May 4th 2013

Thank You very much MR.Alex..:)

Monday, May 27th 2013

I have an important question. How to write a paragraph about “Why we need to find the right job to do”

Tuesday, August 13th 2013

Excelent teacher. I’ve never had one like you.
I enjoy listening your lesson and doing the quizzes.

Thursday, August 15th 2013

Thank you sir!

Monday, January 27th 2014

Hello teacher Alex.I am happy I got 5 out of 5.

Saturday, March 8th 2014

Hi dear Alex!I enjoyed this lesson very much,but there is sth still minding me;What are the differences between I’m from somewhere AND I come from somewhere
By the way is my punctuation correct?

Friday, March 14th 2014

Please answer me A.S.A.P!Thanks!

Friday, March 14th 2014

please explain about academic ilets task 1

Friday, March 21st 2014

yay I got 100 per cent thank you kindly Alex.

Sunday, May 4th 2014

Hi Alex. Thanks for your video. Please let me know the different about tipe of essay, i.e. argument essay, etc.
Thanks

Tuesday, May 27th 2014

Thanks a lot.

Wednesday, June 4th 2014

thanx teacher

Thursday, August 7th 2014

Nice lesson, it is useful mr Alex

Monday, August 11th 2014

Thanks, It was completely useful.

Monday, October 27th 2014

Hi Alex
May I ask you two question?
The first thing that I am going to asking about is what’s the difference between paper , essay , thesis and an article?
And what word should I use for my research work writing that is not published in a science magazine? Is it a thesis or essay ?
I really confused by that.PLEASE answer me
Thank you for all helping.

Thursday, December 18th 2014

Hi Alex
May I ask you two questions?
The first thing that I am going to ask you about is what’s the difference between paper , essay , thesis and an article?
And what word should I use for my research work writing that is not published in a science magazine? Is it a thesis or essay ?
I’m really confused by that.PLEASE answer me
Thank you for all helping.

Thursday, December 18th 2014
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