Hi liz, thanks for the good work. In writing task 2 essays, can I have the main ideas in the introductory paragraph while they are developed in the body paragraphs?
Thank you so much for all the information that you post. It is really very useful.I just wanted to know that which idea should be presented in body paragraph first- supporting one or the one stating the negative side. And also how to write in case we are in partial agreement to the statement.
If you have an extreme view, you use strong language. In opinion essays or any essay that requires you to present a view, you choose how to phrase your ideas.
some times I confuse in detect the topic in opinion essay, for example in this question:
(Due to the development and rapid expansion of supermarkets in some countries, many small, local business are unable to compete. Some people think that the closure of local business will bring about the death of local communities.). I have confused if the topic is (inability of local business to compete) and other information is supporting or it is (closure of local business will bring about the death of local communities) , so how can I identify the main topic in such question ?
Thanks a bundle
Any opinion essay can have a balanced view. Some issues incline more towards one side than balanced views. However, you need training to be able to present a balanced view because it doesn’t mean agreeing with both sides fully.
Each time I look at and readsample answers of writing task 2 like this, I feel like in serious problems, because I don’t think I can write something so good like this. I see I need to learn, improve and practice a lot my English skills. 🙁
Absolutely not if you want band 9. You must use natural language, not phrases and sentences you have learned from an academic writing website or book. Never learn sentences to put in your essay. Each essay is written uniquely depending on the topic. Any learned sentences are not counted by IELTS. I strongly suggest you get at least one of my advanced lessons in writing task 2 so you understand not only the techniques but what IELTS is all about in terms of how it functions as a language test:
Hi Liz, just read all of your tips about to to write a good essay. I am aiming for a perfect band 9. I just wanted to inquire about how to structure my response when i am about to write a band 9 essay. Suppose if the question asks me ” to what extent do you agree or disagree?
can i say like ” In this paper, the author will look at a number of studies which show that both viewpoints are, to some extent,justified. and then talk about both viewpoints( 1 paragraph each) and give a conclusion at the end by partially agreeing to one side?
Thank you in advance for your response.
But when I Try to write an essay. I find it difficult to write/frame related sentences.
I am really not sure what my problem is. After I write an essay, I feel it’s not up to my standard. At times my essays looks silly.
Whenever I read an essay form Internet I feel I can write better. But reality is different.
I would like to know if for an opinion essay like one above do we have to write counter arguments.
And if it says to what extend do you agree or disagree do can we present both sides and take one stand or can we take 2 stands.
You write your opinion and nothing more. It does not ask you discuss both sides. If you agree, then your whole essay explains why. If you disagree, your whole essay explains that. See my advanced lessons to learn exactly how to write IELTS essays:
And what if my opinion is inclined 50% to one side and 50% to another side. Like fb is good in some aspect and also bad in other. Explaining this will make my essay discussion one? Is it ok to give diplomatic answers?
For discussion essay, we talk about both positive and negative
For opinion essay, can we talk about both?, what if i have both feeling? or should i clearly stand to my points inclining one side only?
Your website is super helpful and informative for those of us who aim for a high band score in the IELTS. Thank you for taking your time to publish all these sample essays! I have two questions though, and I was hoping you’d be able to answer them. Nothing too important, just something things I’ve been wondering while studying for the IELTS: