WRITING 2: AN ESSAY

WRITING 2: AN ESSAY

It´s Wednesday again! And today, we have some writing tips. Do you know how to write the perfect essay? How many connectors do you usually use when you write a composition? This is an important matter because a good structure would help you to get very good marks. Go on and read this post.

Do you have any problems when you have to write a ‘for and against composition’or an ‘opinion essay’? Don´t you know when you have to use one connector or another?

Firstly, by connector is meant any word or phrase that can stand alone at the front of a sentence, often followed by a comma.

Here you have a variety of words and phrases which can be used to organize text. Not all their uses are given here, and many can be used in other ways.

 

THE OPENING PARAGRAPH (One paragraph)

In the opening paragraph you have to introduce the topic. To do so, you can use the following expressions.

-The question of/whether… is being debated nowadays. It is an important issue because it (involves…) In this essay I will consider some arguments against… and then I will put forward some arguments in favour…

-In the past… nowadays…

-More and more people…

-Fewer people / less and less people…

-As I see it…

-In my opinion…

-From my point of view…

-As far as I am concerned…

-Personally…

-It is clear that…

-I think / feel / believe that…

THE BODY OF THE COMPOSITION (Opinion)  (Two paragraphs)

In an opinion essay, in this part you have to reason your ideas and give examples. You can use the following words and phrases.

-First / Firstly / To begin with / Secondly / Thirdly/ Next / Finally…

-The first problem is…

-I agree / I don´t agree that + clause…

-I agree / I don´t agree with (sb)…

-And… / As well as…

-In addition… /Furthermore… /What is more…

-Also / too…

-As well as…

-So + clause

-Therefore + clause

-As a result + clause

-As a consequence + clause

-Consequently / As a result (of)

-Moreover /Besides

-Not only… but also

-Both…

-Above all…

-And so on = And so for.

THE BODY OF THE COMPOSITION (For and against) (Two paragraphs)

In a for and against composition, in this part you have to compare different ideas. You can use the following expressions.

-A good thing about… is that…

-There are several arguments in favour/ against…

-One advantage is (that…/ -ing)

-One of the disadvantages is (that… /-ing)

-One problem is (that… /-ing)

-Another disadvantage is (that… /-ing)

-The main disadvantage is (that…/-ing)

-On the one hand… (but/while) on the other hand…

-Although (+ clause)

-Even though (+ clause)

-Yet (+ clause)

-On the one hand (+ clause)

-On the other hand (+ clause)

-On the contrary…

-In spite of… (-ing /N)

-Despite (-ing/ N)

-But (+ clause) / But at least…

-Though (+ clause)

-Whereas (+ clause)

-However (+ clause)

-While (+ clause)

-Nevertheless / None the less…

-To some extent / To a certain extent…

-In some ways / In some respects…

-In the same way…

-There are a number of ways… /There are serveral ways…

-But at least…

-Alternatively…

-In other words…

-To put in another way…

-Compared to… /In comparison with…

-In the same way…

-Consequently… / As a result of…

-Thus… (formal)

-Accordingly… (formal)

-Hence…

-On account of… /Owing to…

-Due to…

-Except (for)…

-Apart (from)…

-Instead (of)…

-Alternatively…

-For example… / Examples include… / To take an example… /Such us…

 

 

THE CONCLUDING PARAGRAPH (One paragraph)

In this paragraph you have to summarize the main ideas and conclude. You can use the following connectors.

-My conclusion is that… (+clause)

-In short… (+ clause)

-To sum up (+ clause)

-In conclusion (+ clause)

-On balance…

Note: Do not forget that this is a formal text, so you cannot use contractions.

 

EXAMPLE: ‘FOR CELEBRITIES, ANY PUBLICITY IS GOOD PUBLICITY, THE MORE SENSATIONAL, THE BETTER’

In the past, when the media did not have de dimension that it has nowadays, celebrities were famous because of their jobs and not because of their private lives. Today, more and more celebrities are better known thanks to their ‘love affairs’ than to any other reason. But, what do they think about that? I this essay I will consider some arguments in favour and against ‘sensational publicity’.

First of all, the evidence clearly shows that many celebrities sell voluntary their own lives, which is named ‘to give an exclusive’. In other words, they receive a huge amount of money to show their sumptuous wedding or their new baby’s face. What is more, they usually pretend to be caught red-handed, swimming with a new partner in a deserted beach, for example. But in fact, this is a fake story that they have made up in an exclusivity agreement with a newspaper editor.

Secondly, there are several arguments against ‘sensational publicity’. Common sense dictates that everyone needs privacy, because being constantly in the public eye could cause them stress, depression and loss of their identity. Moreover, when they ‘put their foot in it’, that is, when they write an utterly wrong comment on social networks, they are strongly judged and sometimes this means their ‘social death’.

In conclusion, I am sure you will agree that this topic is ‘food for thought’. I think it is very difficult to have an opinion about that, especially if we do not work in the world of celebrities or newspapers. However, according to what I have written in this essay, I believe that there are more famous people in favour of ‘sensational publicity’ that against it.

 

And that’s all for today. As always, thanks for visiting our blog!

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