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Chapter 7. Paragraphs Plus > Build Me Up, Buttercup: Supporting Sentences - Pg. 75

Paragraphs Plus 75 Word Watch Supporting details prove the assertion made in the topic sentence. What distinguishes superb writing from shoddy writing is the quality of your supporting detail. It's the ability to move back and forth from generalizations (your topic sentence) to specific details (supporting sentences) that makes a paragraph effective communication. Here's an example: Topic sentence: Supporting sentence: Supporting sentence: Supporting sentence: Supporting sentence: The United States won 13 medals at the 1994 Winter Olympics, its best record ever. Bonnie Blair won four medals in speed skating. The U.S. also won four medals in Alpine skiing. Further, Nancy Kerrigan won a silver medal in figure skating. Finally, in the women's moguls, Liz McIntyre won a silver. Remember, the type of supporting evidence you use depends on your purpose and audience. For example, if you're writing a persuasive essay for a hostile audience, you'll want to use statistics,