Second, the student should notice the complexity of the sample thesis statement. Because a thesis statement contains a brief summary of the entire scope of an academic paper, it is often a complex sentence that is longer than ordinary sentences. Does it include a list of the points the paper intends to make? If it does, the student should notice that there are probably three or five points; groups of three or five points seem rhetorically strong to the Western reader, so academic writers often arrange their arguments that way. Does the sample thesis statement include subordinating conjunctions, such as "because," "although," or "while"? Using these conjunctions helps the writer of a thesis statement to express causal relationships or to include a brief mention of the opposition's opinion on the subject.