Can we write about both sides?

by Tanuj
(Noida)

I am confused of when to write both sides especially in opinion essay.

For example in below topic:

"Some people say that it is possible to tell a lot about a person's culture and character from their choice of clothes.

Do you agree or disagree?"


In this can i write as below:

- Introduction: I agree that culture & character affects clothes
- Body Para 1: I will explain why culture & character affects clothes
- Body Para 2: I will explain why there culture & character don't affect clothes
- Conclude: I agree again that culture & character affects clothes with touching other side


Is above approach is fine or should i only write about only one standpoint, that culture & character affects clothes in both Body Para?

Please reply. Appreciate in advance!

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May 16, 2018
Can we write about both sides?
by: IELTS buddy

You can do either. You can take one stand point or write about both sides.

What you suggested in your plan is fine, though I would swap body 1 for body 2.

It looks more coherent and logical to first put the other side across. So..."Some people say that...."

And then to give your view..."However, I think that..."

Or something similar. You don't have to use those words, that's just to show you.

It's common when writing as you suggest to put the counter-argument first. Then you dispute it.

May 17, 2018
Can we write about both sides?
by: Anonymous

Thanks so much.

I read somewhere for this essay and they wrote 2 Body paragraphs one with Culture and another with character along with INTRODUCTION AND conclusion. Please advise if this approach is also fine?

May 27, 2018
Can we write about both sides?
by: IELTS buddy

Yes that would be another way to organise it which would be ok.

Jun 17, 2018
Can I write about the following approach?
by: Anonymous

In the introduction, both side as agree and disagree of the statement, Then in Body paragraph 1 will agree on that and Body paragraph 2 will disagree, in conclusion, it will be both sides.

Many thanks!

Jun 19, 2018
Can I write about the following approach?
by: IELTS buddy

It's really impossible to say for sure if your suggestions will work without seeing a full essay where you demonstrate it.

But yes, you can say that you can see pros on both sides of the argument, present each side in a separate body paragraph, then at the end have a balanced opinion where you neither fully agree or disagree.

But as I say, it's all in the wording and phrasing you use, so I'd have to see a sample essay.

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