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Can I write an essay without a thesis statement?


1. No. A successful essay will include a thesis statement—without one, the essay will have no clear focus or direction. A thesis statement is a fact, argument, or definitive opinion that, in one sentence, informs the reader of the purpose and subject matter of your essay. A thesis statement is part of the introductory paragraph and is typically placed within the first few sentences.

Here are a few examples of effective thesis statements:
- Because Abraham Lincoln led with strict integrity, he is remembered as one of America's
greatest presidents.
- Building new factories in Ohio will give the state a much-needed economic boost.
- The most important thing a person can do while driving is to obey the speed limit.

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