Ask this question to yourself: "What do each of the details of the passage have in common?"
In your own words, find the common bond among all the details of the passage and the author&aposs point about this bond.
Compose a short sentence stating the bond and what the author says about the bond.
Step 1: Read the Implied Main Idea Example:
When you&aposre with your friends, it&aposs okay to be loud and use slang. They&aposll expect it and they aren&apost grading you on your grammar. When you&aposre standing in a boardroom or sitting for an interview, you should use your best English possible, and keep your tone suitable to the working environment. Try to gauge the personality of the interviewer and the setting of the workplace before cracking jokes or speaking out of turn. If you&aposre ever in a position to speak publicly, always ask about your audience, and modify your language, tone, pitch and topic based on what you think the audience&aposs preferences would be. You&aposd never give a lecture about atoms to third-graders!
Step 2: What&aposs the Common Thread?
In this case, the author is writing about hanging out with friends, going on an interview, and speaking publicly, which, at first glance, don&apost seem to relate to each other that much. If you find a common bond among all them, though, you&aposll see that the author is giving you different situations and then telling us to speak differently in each setting (use slang with friends, be respectful and quiet in an interview, modify your tone publicly). The common bond is speaking, which will have to be part of the implied main idea.
Step 3. Summarize the Passage
A sentence like "Different situations requires different kinds of speech" would fit perfectly as the implied main idea of that passage. We had to infer that because the sentence doesn&apost appear anywhere in the paragraph. But it was easy enough to find this implied main idea when you looked at the common bond uniting each idea.