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IELTS Writing Task 2 (Exercises) : INCREASING FUEL COST


Useful words and phrases:

  1. combat (v)
  2. conservation and recovery (collocation)
  3. constitute (v)
  4. deterioration (n)
  5. diminish (v)
  6. disavow (v)
  7. discourage somebody from doing something (collocation)
  8. domestic and industrial equipment (collocation)
  9. ease (v/n)
  10. impose a law on something (collocation)
  11. remedy (n)
  12. stringent (adj)
  13. the depletion of resources (collocation)


Task 1: Write sentences from given cues. Make changes to the cues when needed.

  1. salary /I / earn / delivery driver / so / small / it / not / constitute / full income.
  2. when / news / band / breakup / surfaced / manager / had / disavow / any / part / undoing.
  3. as / rain / begin / diminish / we / head out / park.
  4. new / measure / introduce / ease / traffic congestion / city.
  5. eat / lot / sweets / result / deterioration / your / chew / ability.

Task 2: Fill in the blanks with suitable words/phrases

combat (v)
conservation and recovery (collocation)
constitute (v)
deterioration (n)
diminish (v)
disavow (v)
discourage somebody from doing something (collocation)
ease (v/n)
impose a law on something (collocation)
remedy (n)
stringent (adj)
the depletion of resources (collocation)
domestic and industrial equipment (collocation)

The best way to solve the world’s environmental problems is to increase the cost of fuel.

Do you agree or disagree?

Addressing environmental problems has long been of paramount importance to the sustainable development of society. While not 1__________to the view that raising the price of fuel may help 2__________the problem of global warming, I contend that this policy is far from being the best 3__________for the 4__________of the environment in general.

I concede that making fuel more expensive is one way to slow down the increase in the overall temperature of the atmosphere.This policy may 5__________both individuals and businesses from overconsuming fuel, thus 6__________the amount of traffic and industrial emissions, which 7__________a considerable source of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and CFCs. It is widely believed that these gases trap heat in the atmosphere and cause global warming to occur. As a result, I agree that increasing fuel prices is a sensible measure to adopt.

I would, on the other hand, argue that the aforementioned measure must not be considered the exclusive approach to environmental problems. This is because it has little effect on various environmental degradation issues other than global warming, namely deforestation and overfishing. To be specific, higher fuel prices could not prevent biological resources from being overexploited for furniture and food processing industries. From my perspective, environmental problems can be better resolved through two actions.The first is mass-producing 8__________ using environmentally-friendly technology, including solar cells and electric motor engines, which produce no carbon emissions. The second is 9__________on the 10__________of natural resources, which may help mitigate a wide range of environmental problems, such as 11__________.

In conclusion, while acknowledging the environmental benefits of increasing the cost of fuel, I would claim that this is not the best way to 12__________the problem of environmental deterioration. There are more effective solutions to address environmental problems at large, such as applying green technology to the mass production of various kinds of equipment for both household and industrial use.

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Task 1:

  1. The salary I earn as a delivery driver is so small it does not constitute my full income.
  2. When news of the band’s breakup surfaced, the manager had to disavow any part in the undoing.
  3. As the rain began to diminish, we headed out to the park.
  4. New measures have been introduced to ease traffic congestion in the city.
  5. Eating lots of sweets will result in a deterioration of your chewing ability.

Task 2:

(1) disavowing
(2) combat
(3) remedy
(4) deterioration
(5) discourage
(6) diminishing
(7) constitutes
(8) domestic and industrial equipment
(9) imposing stringent
(10) conservation and recovery
(11) the depletion of forest and marine resources
(12) ease

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