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Jan 03, 2016
Opinion and argument types of IELTS essays
by: IELTS buddy

It depends exactly what you mean by 'opinion' and 'argument' essays.

For this kind of question you have to discuss both sides (other people's opinions) and give your opinion as it clearly says:

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"Some people think that the main factors influencing a child’s development these days are things such as television, friends, and music. Others believe that the family still remains more important.

Discuss both opinions and give your opinion".

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So you are discussing both sides and giving your opinion.

For this next type of essay, again you obviously have to give your opinion (as you are asked if YOU agree or disagree):

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"Currently there is a trend towards the use of alternative forms of medicine. However, at best these methods are ineffective, and at worst they may be dangerous.

To what extent do you agree with this statement?"

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However, although you can just give your side (e.g. you 100% agree/disagree) you may want to partly agree and look at both sides of the argument, or still 100% agree/disagree but discuss the other side just to show other people have a different perspective to you.

It's difficult to explain this without showing model answers.

Check out some examples on these pages and you will see the different ways you could answer:

IELTS Model Essays.

I also discuss this in more details in the IELTS Writing eBook.

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