Writing That Paragraph 01

To start, we need a topic sentence. To figure out what our topic sentence should be, we need to look at the question/task that is prompting the paragraph writing.

So here we see a task being set rather than a question being asked. The question version of this would be: Either way, we note that we are being asked for the `main problem' -- not all the problems or the major problems, but rather for the main problem. So our topic sentence will have to identify a problem. And, the other point, is that it wants the answer to be based on the assigned reading. So, the simplest approach is to choose one of the problems the author mentions and develop it as the `main problem' (more important than the rest).

There isn't just one right topic sentence, but whatever topic sentence you choose, it should identify a problem and be connected to the reading assignment. Referring to my notes, you will probably see that I lean toward thinking that we will probably have natural language programming at some point. Also, the author of the textbook, for the most point, seems to be highlighting the similarities between programming languages and natural languages, rather than the problems. But, either way, there is still something that is the main obstacle or main problem that needs to be resolved since we currently don't communicate programming problems to the computer in natural language. So, I am going to pick `ambiguity'. So my topic sentence is:

Note the last part of the topic sentence exactly echos what I have been asked to do. So it anchors my response to what was asked and helps me avoid writing a non-responsive answer.
  • However, a sentence is not a paragraph, so I now have to think about how I am going to support this claim. Looking at this section of the textbooks, we see the following ideas: