A. Read the essay, ignoring the gaps. Match each paragraph to its purpose.
Paragraph 1 a) Give some facts to support your opinion.
Paragraph 2 b) Write a conclusion, restating your opinion.
Paragraph 3 c) Introduce the point, including your opinion.
Paragraph 4 d) Give some contrasting points of view and say why you don’t agree with them.
B. Use these phrases to fill in the gaps in the essay.
- As for the idea that
- far from being a
- In conclusion
- It can be argued that
- it is no more than a consequence of
- Many people would argue
- Not to mention the fact that
- On the contrary
- Personally, I think that
C. Write an opinion essay.
“Children shouldn’t be allowed to sit in their rooms surfing the net; it’s antisocial.” Discuss
Plan your essay. Make some notes for each of the four paragraphs. Use the model essay and the useful expressions from exercise B.