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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.

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  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

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Is coronavirus the real monster

Coronavirus is a type of virus which cause health problems . It includes: lungs problems, neumonía and neulogical problems. Many of them can be cause death.
The virus show up in Wuhan , China in 2019. And it has been here ,with us, since then. As soon as it has appeared , the virus spread its letality all over the world, causing million of deaths .One of the big problem we have with COVID 19 , is that it is very uncontrollable and contagious. That’s why we have a pandemia . Nowaday We can say that China had failed in warning us before the virus has spread its dead in other countries. We can accused them for denied the real problem. We can argument that they has spread the virus because we are in war.
I choose to listen the virus instead of get mad at it. What do I listen ?
Since the pandemia has started I realized that people tend to behave in several bad ways. There are people who really wants the other get better and there are people who want to destroy everything.
In behave of the virus, economical situation get worse. Leaders all over the world has been pushing it community to death. Selfishness, histrionic leaders tend to focus only in his power.
Moreover, dictators appeared like fake goddes. They are spreading ignorance and poverty. Meanwhile people are dying of hunger, they are worrying about stupid things.
So, when I think about the virus, i think about what kind of message i need to hear from it.
And the message i really want to hear is, that is mandatory to be good people. It’s important to stay where the suffering appears. It’s necessary to be human being.
To sum up, we need to be more reliable as community. We are alone as society. We don’t need fake leaders. We need us.

Personnaly speaking, I don't think that learning everything from the internet is a good idea, because we can't developp our brains if we don't train them to think and remember . For example , a person that used to depends on the internet to find the solutions of every problem he faced , he would never be able to help his society and he will just copy the things that he found on the internet.

My thought over the question is that human knowledge has to be in use at a time likewise there should be time for usage of internet. It would be worse if we had not learnt anything before embarking on internet usage, however internet only boosts and improves our knowledge more.

It is true that creation of internet has been brought more facilities to human life. I do believe the we can not ignore our efficiency of our brain in initiative matters.

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Could someone give me their opinion on the essay? Meaning to say, what score would you give me based on the IELTS mark distribution.

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Overall, the widespread use of the internet has a mostly positive effect on life in today’s world.

Since the invention of the internet was to fulfill various tasks, I would rather agree by saying that the internet has had much of a positive impact than a negative one. The internet as we know it is a hub of data from where we can extract information to fulfill our needs from time to time.

Whether it be information based on sports, climate change, or the upcoming 2020 presidential elections of the United States, the internet has it all. People have made great use of the internet to voice their opinion and to bring basic amenities to impoverished societies.

Moreover, many rights such as the right to education are made a basic amenity since the evolution of the internet. Because of the internet one can go into deep learning of any topic; the internet has mapped every corner of the world and has made life so much easier. For example by introducing online shopping. Now, one can shop for clothes, furniture, even groceries.

In addition to that, the internet has helped connect physical objects to various electrical devices, thereby making difficult tasks take place with the push of a button.

In conclusion, the internet has helped in the development of cities and countries and has helped in shaping our future and will continue to do so in the future.

I'd say your writing level is B2-C2 depending on the time it took to write it and whether you used a dictionary. So I'd expect IELTS 5.5 minimum.

The vocabulary shows evidence of C2 and academic common words. The accuracy of the grammar has to be B2, because B1 has many errors.

The lowest part of the writing is probably the grammar complexity. Most the grammar complexity is not above B1.

Hope that helps.

Hello Kev

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My opinion that using the Internet is very useful and interested to search for information. Because you can find varieties of data and information to read .

Internet is an added advantage if you used it in a productive way. But addiction is bad. As per the researches conducted in varies universities, excess use of phones and computers lead to a sleep apnea and behaviour changes.

If you have the ability to manage it’s use effectively and in a productive way than its supplement you in attaining the required knowledge.

Advantages and disadvantages of internet is so many and it depends and varied person to person. I used internet for seeking the things of my personal interest. So many course of leading universities including MIT are available free of cost. Pearls of wisdom are spread.

If you cannot chose content wisely than internet is worse thing. Social media sites drag your attention and de focus you.

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