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The thesis statement

Most essays have a thesis statement. All thesis statements tell the reader what the essay is going to be about, in one way or another. Sometimes thesis statements are explicit - they say that the essay is going to cover this and that. In descriptive essays, this is often the case. Other times, such as in argumentative essays, the thesis statement makes a strong statement about the topic or issue. This leaves the reader to work out that the rest of the essay is going to be about the statement and supporting evidence and arguments for the statement.