Is it better to have a simple thesis statement or a more complicated one?

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Is it better to have a simple thesis statement or a more complicated one?

Julia, SLC Writing Tutor
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Kevin, SLC Writing Tutor
Is it better to have a simple thesis statement or a more complicated one?

It really depends on the purpose of the paper and sometimes the length of your paper. If you are writing a shorter paper, only arguing one main thing, then your thesis might be simple. If you're paper is longer, discussing a variety of main points, your thesis might be longer and more complex. Either way you want to have a thesis statement that can be read easily.

You also want to have a thesis statement that is concise and specific. As you continue to writer your paper, refer back to your thesis statement often and improve it as necessary by narrowing it, making it more specific, and more accurate.

There are several ways to write a thesis statement, but the most common format for college essays is as follows: state the issue/general topic, state your position/opinion, and then state the reason/why.
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