The third paragraph of the body should include the weakest argument, weakest example, weakest illustration, or an obvious follow up to the second paragraph in the body. The first sentence of this paragraph should contain the reverse hook, which ties in with the transitional hook at the end of the second paragraph. The topic for this paragraph should be in the first or second sentence. This topic should relate to the thesis statement in the introductory paragraph. The last sentence in this paragraph should include a transitional concluding hook that signals the reader that this is the final major point being made in this essay. This hook also leads into the concluding paragraph.
Sarah Hepola, who worked as Salon’s personal-essay editor, described the situation to me in an e-mail. “The boom in personal essays—at Salon, at least, but I suspect other places—was in part a response to an online climate where more content was needed at the exact moment budgets were being slashed.” When I worked as an editor at the Hairpin and Jezebel, from 2013 to 2016, I saw up close how friendly editors and ready audiences could implicitly encourage writers to submit these pieces in droves. For the first two years that I edited personal essays, I received at least a hundred first-person pitches and pieces each week.
I don’t understand when i should present only my opinion and when to present both sides
For example in the above essay the questiom was ” to what extend do you agree?”
But the model answer he gave the point of view but also discussed both advantages and disadvantages.
You give as few or as many examples as you want. It is entirely your choice and doesn’t affect your score. Vocabulary should be appropriate. You should aim for accuracy rather than just trying to impress. Yes, you can use “I am convinced” but it won’t change your score unless all your essay contains the same level words.
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All my tips and lessons are found on this page: . You will find a similar page for writing task 1 in that section on the red navigation bar.
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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.
i want ask you something about writing,i discussed with my teacher that i can write overview in task 1 he said no no because you can’t write but i watched your video but you said overview is necessary …………..so i want you tell me about this i’m confuse because after 2 days i will be appear in exam………………….
When writing the conclusion, just use “In conclusion” for writing task 2. Writing task 1 has no conclusion. Please read my lessons on the main pages because these questions have already been answered and explained.
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 ?
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If you need more help, see my advanced writing task 2 lessons: . Also read the band score descriptions page because it contains tips for improving:
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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.
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: