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when you are reading an article how can you identify the key points to that will help you to determine the central idea?

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In a well-written article, key points will likely be stated initially in the opening paragraph, then reiterated as similarly-worded topic sentences in the paragraphs that follow. Paragraphs are organized in a topic sentence -> 3+ supporting sentences -> conclusive restatement format.
In an article like the one you mentioned, you might look for statements of pros and cons, difficulties and advantages, or opposition to and support of women in combat. 


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