3. Revise the sentence by using specific terms.

OK. Time to write a thesis for your paper. What is your topic?What is your position on that topic? State both clearly in a thesissentence that helps to map your response for the reader.

Next, refine the sentence so that it is consistent with your style. For example:

For there to be there must be (on oneaccount of what the meanings of sentences are) sentences. But ifthe theory that the 'things' that are the bearers of truth-valuespresupposes (or requires) that there exist sentences, then allthe objections that have been levelled against Theses #4-#9 comeflooding back. To avoid this latter consequence, we need anaccount of propositions which does not presuppose the existenceof sentences, i.e. an account of propositions that does not makethem 'depend' on the existence of sentences..

So what makes a good thesis sentence?

4. Further revise the sentence to cover the scope of your essay and make a strong statement.

Although the thesis statement is a valuable organizing tool, it does not have to be the first sentence you write when you begin your paper. If you find yourself getting bogged down trying to zero in on your thesis statement, start writing background or detail paragraphs. Then come back and work on the thesis statement