How to Write a Basic Five-Paragraph Opinion Essay

Thanks for sharing 🙂 I don’t really understand your point about it being safer – large apartment blocks can have serious fire risks as was shown in the UK in 2017 when 17 people died in a fire. But you are 100% that this is essay requires your opinion. It is also good to explain why the disadvantages are not so important.

Persuasive/opinion/argument essay & paragraph writing lessons, exercises and worksheets

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:


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It is not recommended to use “This essay will ..” or any other expression similar. If your opinion is asked for, you must give it clearly: I think or In my opinion. Your thesis statement is about presenting your main points or position – it is not about writing the instructions – the examiner has the instructions. See this lesson: and then check my main writing task 2 page:


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Hello Liz,
Thank you so much for all the articles and videos here on your blog.
I gave my belts exam today i.e 06/01/2018
and wanted to share my topics for the writing task 1 and 2
task 1
Your company has organized a foreign language training and now you and your colleagues think there should be more language training sessions.
write a letter to your officer and include the following
1. How did you and your colleagues felt about the foreign language course
2. Why do you want more language training sessions
3. suggest a place and time for the course

Look at the essay and do the exercises to improve your writing skills

For opinion essays like the one posted about social networking sites, can I disagree with the fact that social networking sites have negative impact on individuals and society and discuss that throughout my body paragraphs?

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This money could be better spent dealing with fundamental issues in society such as poverty and health care.To what extent do you agree?

As a result of growth in some urban centers, the environment in those cities is deteriorating.How could this issue be tackled by both the government and individuals?
Some people think that current environmental issues are global problems and should therefore be dealt with by the government while others believe that these problems can only be tackled by individuals.Discuss both sides and give your opinion.
Global environmental issues are the responsibility of rich nations not of poorer nations.Do you agree with this opinion?
Many people believe that global environmental problems should be dealt with internationally rather than domestically.What is your opinion?
Many animals are being hunted to the brink of extinction in order to fulfil the demand and greed of mankind for decorative purposes as well as for other reasons, such as traditional medicine.How can this issue be tackled?
Restricting air travel is the only way to prevent air pollution.Do you agree?
Reported essay questions are from students who have taken their IELTS test.

AN ESSAY is always written for the teacher

I don’t see a difference between this essay (opinion essay) , looking at both body paragraphs, and a discussion/opinion essay. Both include first advantages and then drawback ???