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An opinion essay

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Information will soon be so easy to find on the internet that people will not need to remember anything. Do you agree?

Nowadays all the information we could ever need is available online and some people say that means the end of having to learn anything.

It is true that these days everything you want to know is a few clicks away as long as you have internet access. However, not everyone has working internet all the time, for example in certain buildings or remote locations, so we do need to be able to remember information. Moreover, it takes time to look up everything you need to know online, whereas remembering something is immediate. The human memory is a much more efficient system.

Another problem is the quality of the information online. How do we know if it is accurate or reliable? We need to think about other facts we know and remember how to compare information from different websites. Knowing (and remembering) how to find certain information will be more important than knowing the information itself.

Finally, the internet is a good tool but it is not a useful replacement for our brains. If we did not remember anything, we would all spend even more time on our phones and computers than we already do, which is not good for society.

In conclusion, the internet offers us many things but it is still important to use our knowledge and memories. We need our memories to function without the internet and we also need to know how to use the internet properly.

Tips

  1. Read the question carefully. Respond to all ideas in it or all parts of it.
  2. Plan your ideas first and then choose the best ones.
  3. Introduce your essay by restating the question in your own words.
  4. Show understanding of both sides of the argument.
  5. Use linking words to connect your ideas.
  6. Draw your conclusion from the main ideas in your essay. Don't introduce new ideas at the end.

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Upper intermediate: B2

Comments

I think our body, brain and spirit are flexible and need to be challenged to grow. Otherwise they will become weak and will be destroyed. It is better to use the tools and devices invented by man as helpers and assistances, and always challenge ourselves.

These stars are their role models and watching them on television ENCOURAGES PARTICIPATION IN sporting activities because the young try to emulate the people they admire.

Why in this the writer did not use “Them” after “Encourages”. And this sentence could be “Watching them on television encourages THEM PARTICIPATING in sporting activities” if I am not wrong.

Why there is noun after Encourage?

Could you please give me some examples of this kind of sentences with grammar structure?

Hello amit_ck,

Please note that we don't normally help our users with questions from other sources, as it's challenging enough for us to keep up with all the questions about our own materials.

As you can see in the dictionary, 'encourage' is typically followed by a noun (e.g. 'participation') or a noun + infinitive (e.g. 'them to participate'), not a noun + -ing form (e.g. not 'them participating').

I'm afraid we're not generally able to provide extended explanations of grammar and vocabulary that can be easily found in other online resources.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

 

Thank you so much Kirk. You are always kind of us :)

Nowadays, all knowledge is available in the internet. Just by searching on my smartphone I am able to find lot of information which I need.

Internet for me is amazing tool because I can get useful knowlegde or learn new skill , currently needed. Instead of find information in the books or in the courses , I can get anything I need after few clicks after just take out my smartphone from my pocket.

On the other hand, we can not rely only on the internet , Internet never replace human memory. We can learn many things from our parents or in the school which we will not be able to find online or is not reliable as not everything on the internet can be a true.

To sum up, internet is very useful and practice tool to find knowledge, but it will never replace human brain and experiences what our parents can passed to us.

The use of internet can have advantages and disadvantages as far as memory is concerned.

First of all with the new IA, we can think it is easier to learn an information and we don t need to remember it , as we can look for it another day on the web.

However, we have to remember with our brain how we got the information the previous time. For instance, we have to remember which key word we used , which website were more appropriate .
We also have to check if the information is still valid or if it has changed.

In conclusion, internet can be a support if it is used properly,
But we still need our memory, otherwise we can not rememeber how to use internet .

I think it's obvious that our life would never be the same as in the old days - the Internet changed it completely. We use it to communicate, get information, do shopping or work and it's great. I'm old enough to remember the days when the Internet became common and spread all around the world. Day by day it became more useful and powerful and now I just can't imagine my life without the World Wide Web. But! We still have to know a lot without the Internet. How to cook, teach, work and of course how to talk to each other in the real life.
Virtual life and online knowledge are great helpers but not the equivalent substitution for the human intellect.

In my opinion, it is worse for our society, also our health. We need to use our brain in everyday tasks. If we stop using our brain, that means we stop learning, and our brain will degenerate in the future.

this was a bit hard but i think it was worth the hard work. People should stop looking at their phones and computers or else u wont become a doctor.

It's a question too complex, for this reason it's difficult for me to formulate a satisfying answer. However, my first reply might be "worse".

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