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How can I structure an essay about friendships?

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One of the first things you should do is look carefully at your assignment sheet to clarify the genre of the essay. There are many different types of essay, including personal, informative, and argumentative. Developing a topic and thesis depends to a degree on the type of essay you have been assigned.

Your next step in developing your essay is to narrow your topic. You won't be able to cover everything that can be said about friendship in three paragraphs. Instead, you might think about selecting a particular aspect of friendship or particular examples of friendship that has been important to you.

One possible topic would be to discuss the things you do with your friends and how your life would be less happy or interesting without friends. For an essay like this, you might start by introducing your topic, "things I do with my friends", then writing a paragraph with detailed examples, and concluding with a paragraph on how your friends enrich your life.

If you have a pet such as a dog or cat, you could write an essay about how your pet is a friend, and then follow the pattern of extended examples in the body paragraph and a conclusion showing how your pet improves your life.

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