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CONCLUSION : DEFINITION AND EXAMPLES

Hey, did you know the sentences we speak divide into three different parts? A sentence has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Similarly, everything has a beginning, middle, and end. The end part is what we call a conclusion. 

A conclusion is the final result of something. It is also called the closing part. It sums up the previous things in the case and makes the final comment.

The main use of the conclusion is to recap all the points and present the important idea in a few words. It is also used to bring out the final thoughts and views of the person. Their opinions also add as part of the conclusion. 

What is a conclusion?

A conclusion is the last, end part of a writing or an argument. It is a stop sign for all the explanations and time to reach a final decision. It summarizes all the main points of the argument or gives a final judgment. 

Precise definition

‘The definition of a conclusion is the last part of something or an opinion reached after some thought’.

Examples of Conclusions

We form conclusions for almost everything to reach a decision. We use the conclusion to end a research paper or a thesis paper. Chemistry experiments use conclusions to give the findings of the discussion and methods used.

Conclusions find their way in books to give an ending to the stories. People infer mentally about every simple thing around themselves. 

Got a feeling that you are still confused? No worries, let’s go through some examples to understand better- 

  • We have a bottle of oil and a bottle of water. We pour both of them into a glass. We see that after a while, the oil tends to float at the top of the glass and the water stays at the bottom of the glass. What do we conclude from that?

Conclusion: We find that oil is less dense than water and thus, floats at the top.

This is an example of how conclusions form from the results of a science experiment.

  • I had an art class today. I woke up late and rushed over to the school. In the rush, I forgot to bring my art supplies with me. 

Conclusion 1: I couldn’t take part in the art class today.

Conclusion 2: I had to inconvenience my friend and borrow her art supplies. 

Here, the conclusion can be different as the outcomes can be many. You can choose the one that feels more appropriate. 

  • Kate bought a pudding for herself and put it in the fridge to eat it later. When she went to eat it an hour later, she found it missing from the fridge. She saw the empty pudding cup in her mother’s room. 

Conclusion: Kate concluded that her mother ate the pudding. 

The conclusion is inferred from the observation of the surrounding. You have to conclude from the events that have unfolded. 

History and Etymology of Conclusion

The word Conclusion (Middle English) was first recorded in the late 14th century. It comes from the Latin word conclusionem, the past particle of the word conclūdere.

The word conclūdere comes from combining two words, con meaning ‘completely’ and claudere meaning ‘to shut’. Other meanings from the 14th century are the end, termination, final result, outcome, etc. 

Synonyms of Conclusion

Synonyms for Conclusion are- 

  • End 
  • Close
  • Finish
  • Outcome 
  • Decision
  • Agreement 
  • Opinion 
  • Judgment

Words from Conclusion

The word conclusion is a noun. It has various forms of use.

  • The verb form of conclusion is concluded, concluding. 
  • The adverb form of conclusion is conclusively. 
  • The adjective form of conclusion is concluding, conclusive.

Words near conclusion:

Conciliation, concision, concave, conclude, conclusion, conclusive, concoction, concomitance, concord.

Exercise 1:  Write a Conclusion

Write a suitable conclusion for the following lines-

  1. My parents told me to wash the dishes after everyone finished eating dinner. I  fell asleep before my brother finished his dinner.

In conclusion: _________________________________________

  1. I pulled an all-nighter to finish an essay and woke up late the next morning. I reached the bus stop five minutes later than usual. I did not see anyone waiting at the stop.

In conclusion: _________________________________________

  1. It was very cold in the morning. I had to go for an early conference and I did not want the chilly wind to aggravate my cold. I looked into my wardrobe.

In conclusion: _________________________________________

Answers- 

  1. I did not wash the dishes and they piled up the next morning.
  2. I missed the usual bus and had to take the next one.
  3. I took out my sweater and wore it to the conference.

Exercise 2: Draw a Conclusion

Draw a conclusion from the following sentences- 

  1. Johns school has sports day next week. He bought new running shoes last week. He has been practicing extra every morning.

          Conclusion – ___________________________________________

  1. Today is the due date to return the book you have issued from the library. You need to write a book review on that book for an assignment that is due next week. You have not finished reading it at the moment.

Conclusion: ____________________________________________

  1. Benjamin has fish as pets. He has not changed the water of the tank for over a month. He sees his fish looking very pale and inactive compared to before.

Conclusion: ____________________________________________

Answers- 

  1. John is participating in the running races conducted during the sports day in his school.
  2. You have to reissue the same book at the library today.
  3. Benjamin has to change the water of the tank regularly so the health of his fish is not affected.

Summary

  • The conclusion is the closing part of any writing. 
  • It is the final part that summarizes the main points of the whole writing and includes a personal opinion.
  • Since the conclusion is the last thing read or heard, it prioritizes the main point or theme of the piece.
  • A good conclusion should review, remind of the important topics and add the writers’ point of view.
  • Conclusions have various settings that help in decision-making.

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