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IELTS Writing Task 2: opinion, not discussion

If the question asks whether you agree or disagree, it is asking for your opinion. You should express your opinion in the introduction, and support it in the rest of the essay.

Don’t structure an “opinion” essay like this:

  1. Introduction
  2. Paragraph supporting the opposite opinion
  3. Paragraph supporting my opinion
  4. Conclusion

The problem with this essay structure is that paragraph 2 is not consistent with my opinion. This is a “discussion” essay structure!

Think of it this way: your task when you answer an “agree or disagree” question is to persuade the reader that your view is right. Each paragraph should defend your opinion.

You can write about both sides of the argument if you say that you "partly agree". Go to this lesson to see some suggestions for essay structures.

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