Opinion Essays

A successful opinion essay should have:
1. An introductory paragraph in which you state the topic and your opinion;
2. A main body which consists of two or more paragraphs.
2.1. Each paragraph should present a separate viewpoint supported by your reasons.
2.1. Another paragraph giving the opposing viewpoint and reasons may be included; and
3. A conclusion in which you restate your opinion using different words.

Para 1: INTRO
(state the topic and your opinion clearly)

Para 2:
(viewpoint 1 <--> support: reason/example)

Para 3:
(viewpoint 2 <--> support: reason/example)

Para 4:
(give the opposing viewpoint <--> support: reason/example # your viewpoint<--> support: reason/example)

(restate your opinion, using different words)
*(you may include more viewpoints, and therefore more paragraphs in the main body)

Para 1:
Suggested phrases
The 1st paragraph often begins with a topic sentence, which is explained or illustrated in the sentences that follow. Here is a list of opening phrases which are often used at the beginning of topic sentences.


It is often said / argued that ...
It is a fact that ...
Recently we have all become concerned that ...
These days,/Nowadays, ...
......... it seems that ...
.........we are becoming aware of the fact that ...
In the past, people ..., but now ...


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Выражение личного мнения:

In my opinion,…/In my view,…./To my mind ,…/To my way of thinking, …
Personally I believe/think/etc. that…
It is my firm belief that ...
I firmly / strongly believe that ...
I am inclined to believe that ...

It strikes me that…
I feel very strongly that…

It seems to me that...
As far as I am concerned, I think that...


Suggested phrases
Introducing contrasting viewpoints

(On the other hand, /However,...)

It is argued that ...
(Some) People argue/claim/etc that ...
Some may argue/claim/etc that ...
It is also possible to make the opposing case. It is often argued that in fact..

Opponents of this view say ...
There are people who oppose ...
Contrary to what most people believe ...
As opposed to the above ideas…

(can be used to acknowledge and then dismiss opinions that differ from your own)

Some people claim that... . What they forget is that... .
Despite claims that..., it is a fact that...
It may be true that ... but all too often...
While it might be argued that ...., the truth is that ...
Although ..., it must be remembered that...


Some experiments on animals are done for medical reasons. In the majority of cases, they are not.

...Some people claim that some experiments on animals are done for medical reasons. What they forget is that in the majority of cases they are not .
...Despite claims that some experiments on animals are done for medical reasons, it is a fact that in the majority of cases they are not.
...It may be true that some experiments on animals are done for medical reasons but all too often they are not.
...While it might be argued that some experiments on animals are done for medical reasons, the truth is that in the majority of cases they are not.
...Although some experiments on animals are done for medical reasons, it must be remembered that in the majority of cases they are not.


MODEL ESSAY 1 The plane is


The plane is the most convenient means of travel. Give your opinion on this statement.

Over the past few years, people have begun to travel to places they would only have dreamt of visiting thirty years ago, thanks to the possibilities offered by air travel. In my opinion, travelling by aeroplane cannot be compared with any other means of transport.

To start with, there really is no faster way to travel. You can go from one country to another in a matter of hours which gives you more time to enjoy the actual purpose of your trip, rather than waste time travelling and dragging your luggage around. Furthermore, you always feel well looked after on an aeroplane. You are served drinks and meals and offered newspapers and blankets which all help to make the journey more comfortable and enjoyable.

Of course, there are people who argue that travelling by plane can be a nightmare, with airport delays, cramped seats and turbulence to put up with. What is more, aeroplanes and airports are often targeted by terrorists, which makes some people think that travelling by plane is unsafe. They forget, however, that the number of deaths caused by cars is larger than that caused by planes.

To sum up, I firmly believe that air travel will always remain popular. Its speed, comfort and convenience are hard to beat.

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Смотрим на структуру этого эссе (Essay Structure)
An opinion essay (the writer’s opinion is stated in the beginning and the ending)

Para 1: INTRO (State opinion)
Travelling by plane better than other means of transport

Para 2:
(Viewpoint 1 -> reason):
Faster -> you can reach your destination quickly

(Viewpoint 2 -> reason):
Looked after -> drinks, meals served, etc

Para 3:
(Opposing VP -> your reason):
Travel by plane a nightmare – delays, cramped seats, turbulence; targeted by terrorists

Para 4: CONCLUSION (Restate your opinion)
Air travel best when it comes to speed and convenience

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На что следует обратить

На что следует обратить внимание:
1) СONCLUSION почти зеркально отражает INTRO, ничего нового в заключении писать не следует. Пишем то же, что сказали во вступлении, только другими словами:

INTRO: (In my opinion,) travelling by aeroplane cannot be compared with any other means of transport.
СONCLUSION: (I firmly believe that) air travel ...(is) hard to beat.

1) В абзацах главной части Viewpoint -> reason всегда логически связаны: reason поясняет, конкретизирует или иллюстрирует примерами более общий Viewpoint, который только обозначает авторскую точку зрения:

fastest way to travel --> дальше необходимо развивать тему скорости, позволяющей экономить время.

MODEL ESSAY 2 (Exams) Many


Many students suffer extreme anxiety when faced with the prospect of exams. In my view, their role needs to be re-examined if they are to continue to play a part in the educational system.

In the first place, exams do not actually test a person’s knowledge of a subject but rather how much they can remember on the day of the exam. In addition, facts such as {students feeling unwell or suffering from a case of nerves on the day of the exams} are not taken into consideration. Furthermore/Apart from this, the exam system is unfair to people who {have studied hard but have poor memory for facts and figures. Also/Besides, it is often the case that {pple who have not studied can copy from someone else who has.}

However, it is argued that exams are the most efficient way of comparing the abilities of a group of people and {that an exam will often encourage pple to compete to get better grades. Making grades and exam results the main point of learning though, gives sts the wrong idea of what education is all about.}

In conclusion, it seems to me unfair to give a person only one chance to show what they are capable of. I think that the whole educational system needs to be changed so that exams are not the only way of assessing a student’s knowledge.f>
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EXPRESSING OPINION (Выражение личного мнения):

.......In my opinion,…/In my view,…
.......To my mind ,…/To my way of thinking, …
........From my point of view, ...
........As I see it, ...
.......Personally, I believe / think / claim etc. that… (COMMA)
....... I personally believe / think / claim etc. that… (NO comma)
.......It is my firm belief that ...
....... I firmly / strongly believe that ...
....... I am inclined to believe that ...
....... I am strongly / firmly convinced that
....... I feel very strongly that…
....... I for one think that (colloq.)
.......It strikes me that…
.......It seems to me that...

.......As far as I am concerned*, ...
"As far as I am concerned" is closer to "Within the limit of my knowledge".
Sometimes you can also hear "As far as I know" "As far as I am aware of"......and so on.

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1. The two IELTS essay structures
In this video, we go over two essay structures that can be modified to respond to your IELTS Task 2 question.
2. How to structure an IELTS argument essay
Here is a brief outline of how to organise an effective argument essay. This structure can be adapted to your needs and follows IELTS essay writing guidelines.
3. IELTS argument essay demonstration
A lesson where we write an argument essay together following IELTS guideline
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Model Response - Academic Task 2
2. - argument essay ("To what extent...")
.....Children who are disinterested in subjects such as mathematics and philosophy should be made to study them at school. These subjects should be optional rather than compulsory. To what extent do you agree or disagree

3 - argument essay (double question)
"Many people say there is a need to protect the environment, however little effort has been made to bring these intentions to fruition. How do you feel about this situation? What action could be taken to prevent further environmental damage?
........After conducting this analysis, it is clear that... It is recommended that the gobal family make efforts to reduce future environmental problems.

4 - argument essay (defining something)
In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends. Wr an essay outlining how you define "friendship".
In this video, we go over how to respond to an IELTS essay question requesting you to 'define' a term.
.....honesty acts as a critical component.Thus, true friendship will never exist without honesty.

5 - argument essay (causes and solutions)
More and more people are forgetting the meanings behind occasions, such as national festivals. What do you think are the causes of this? What solutions do you suggest?
..... to modern lifestyles. Successful efforts have been made to tackle this through government sponsoring of TV informercials that explain how historical events connect to modern life. In Canada, for exampl, most nationally syndicated television stations run brief series entitld "A part of our heritage", which explains how historical events, such as the influx of migrants in the 18002, acted as precursors to modern cultural practices. As this shows, tv can be a very effective....
As is clear, website landing pages and dramatised history informecials are effective ways to help people understand the relevance behind the holidays they celebrate.It is thus hoped these strategies are put into lace every where to stimulate historical literacy.
5 - discussion essay ("Discuss both views...")
"Technology is causing environmental problems. Some people think every person should adopt simple lifestyle changes to solve this issue but othres think technology will be a major part of the solution. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

7 -- discussion essay ("Analyse both positions.")
"Some people feel schools should be responsible for provideing lunch to primary and secondary students. Others think parents should send their children to school with box lunches made at home." Analyse both positions

8 - General Task 2 argument essay (positive - negative)
"In some countries, grandparents play a significant role in bringing up children. Is this a positive or a negative thing?"

9 - General Task 2 argument essay (double question)
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10 - General Task 2 argument essay (advantages - disadvantages)
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#11 - General Task 2 discussion essay (advantages - disadvantages)
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OTOH, having increasing numbers of retiring old people poses benefits. For one, a larger numbers of aged people/...
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There are three types of questions that get asked in the IELTS writing exam part two, essay writing. On this page you can see sample questions as well as some model answers (written by IELTS examiners or teachers) and some sample answers from students who have had their essays corrected through this site.

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5. How to link ideas in your essay
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48. How to structure an argument essay (2013-2014 update)
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