Clarification of Discuss Two Opinion Type Essays

by Joyce
(Nigeria )

Am going to write my IELTS in two weeks time, I have read and practiced with materials but I still don't feel confident when it comes to some types of task 2 essay, especially discuss both view and give your opinion.

I believe each paragraph should have a single idea & I prefer writing 2 body paragraphs.

Then where will I give my opinion, as the second paragraph will contain the second view?

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Nov 26, 2017
Discuss Two Opinion Type Essays
by: IELTS buddy

For these types of essays you have a few options. The best way to explain it is by pointing you to some model essays.

You could simply put your opinion in the conclusion:

Childcare Essay

In that essay, the opinion of the writer reflects what is said in the second body paragraph.

You could have a whole separate third paragraph with your opinion if you wanted. The opinion could be completely different to the previous two body paragraphs:

Reducing Crime Essay

With that one you have to be careful you don't just repeat what you have said in one of the body paragraphs before.

You could very clearly make the second body paragraph your opinion, then you just summarise this again in the conclusion:

Animal Rights Essay

So as you see, there is a variety of ways you can do it. It's really up to you.

You must very clearly though at some point give your opinion.

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How do I answer an IELTS essay question where I have to discuss my view?

by Medu
(India)

If a question is asked to discuss my view... Is it right to discuss both sides equally and stating my view?

Or some extra weight should be given to my view?

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May 25, 2015
Discussing your view
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Medu,

I assume you mean questions like this:

Some people think that the best way to reduce crime is to give longer prison sentences. Others, however, believe there are better alternative ways of reducing crime.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.


Yes you should discuss both sides equally and state your view too.

I'm not sure what you mean by extra weight to your view. There is no strict rule on this.

An IELTS essay is not that long, so it would be fine to put your view in a slightly extended concluding paragraph.

Or you could have a third body paragraph with your view in.

Or another option is to make the view you discuss in the second body paragraph your view too.

Take a look at the Model Essays on the site and you will see there are various examples of 'discuss two opinion' essays.

Look at those and you'll see some of the options you have for answering those types of question.

Jun 05, 2015
Thesis statement in intro
by: magg

Maybe you might want to include something like "in this essay i will seek to explore various ways..." into the thesis statement in the introduction.

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