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February 08, 2017


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According to the third variant, can we write like it's someone's opinion if it's not mentioned in statement?

Hi Yel,

If you decide to write a 'partly agree' answer, then make it clear that this is YOUR opinion. The examiner asks if YOU agree or disagree, so we don't discuss the views of other people.

Simon has some blogs on this, and you will find a number of them in the 'Archives'.

So, remember, do exactly what the examiner tells you.

Hi, Simon. I'm really appreciate your advice on IELTS.
I have a question here.
In the writing project"As well as making money, businesses should take some social responsibility", we are told to first explain why a company should make profit.
But here http://ielts-simon.com/ielts-help-and-english-pr/2015/08/ielts-writing-task-2-strong-opinion-plan.html
we are not required to write our opinion on "Some people who have been in prison become good citizens later", which is not correct from my perspective.
so, I'm confused about what sentence in the title we should discuss on.

Hi Lei,

Sometimes I simply accept that part of the statement is true. So, I accepted the idea that "some people who have been in prison become good citizens later" - this seems likely to me. However, you could disagree with this part of the statement if you wanted to.

hi simon
i have a query in partial agreement that there need to be our personal opinion or not as you have not mentioned in the third introduction.....

Hi to Simon,Lei and others,

I just want to check if i understood well.

In Simon's case, he totally agreed with the statement http://ielts-simon.com/ielts-help-and-english-pr/2015/08/ielts-writing-task-2-strong-opinion-plan.html,
so in the 2nd body paragraph he wrote why ex-prisoners are good for this task, and in the 3rd body he used the weaknesses of other possibilities (Teachers, police officers ....) to emphasize the strength of rehabilitated prisoners in this matter.

However, in Lei's case,
you disagreed
2 body: offenders do not become better people and therefore they should not educate children about danger of committing crime
3 body: better alternatives are teachers, educational movies...

And, of course, we can have the third case -partly agree:

2nd body: Ex-prisoners are good choice because of....
3rd body: it is equally important that teachers, parents and police are also included in this part of children's education.

Great summary Maja!

Dear Simon,
My teacher adviced me that in writing task1 and 2
I shouldn't use words from questions because it's don't count and therefore I have to write more than 150 and 250 words.
Is that right or wrong advice?

Hi Simon I did my exam tod2ay but I am worried. For my essay paragraphs, I made sure the paragraphs ended at the middle of the line.
However I did not indent or leave a blank space. It's very obvious that it's a different paragraph but no space and indentation. Would I be penalised for this? Should I forget it and just write another ielts?
Thank you.

It is true that technology influence our society to a great extent, and it is an inevitable blessing of modern civilization.For that reason,local cultures are going down as technology suppressed them.Therefore, I believe that technology and traditional societies can not stay together.

Our traditional societies have a history of hundreds of thousands years by which, our parents,grand parents are dignified,and they are proud for their traditional ethics. We need traditional cultures as it is coded with our genomes. Our ancestors are carrying the genes of historical traditional cultures, and however, it carries the witness of generation to generation.It's alright, but problem is that some
traditional believes against human as well as economic development.For instance,traditional foods of certain countries are not internationally accepted.Some ancient cultural things like music, drama have an emotional past,but they are seem to be valueless as latest technology provides us updated musics, digitalized sound systems and meticulous performers.

Our next generations who are not feel the test of
ethical essence,because of technology.In every segment of our daily life,we are bound to take help of technology as it is cheap,easy and pleasurable.It is emotional that to think about our root,from where were come,but in reality it is not possible all time to preserve our traditional culture.In this competitive world no one wants to be a backbencher,so they all rush to the new technology,because it is faster than traditional technology.In this twenteith century,unvelievable technology has been emerged which is totally uncomfortable with traditional values.

To conclude, Technology spreads rapidly where we sometimes flabbergast.There are some detrimental effects of technology upon traditional cultures.

hello Simon,
firstly, thank you for your great posts.

i attended an ielts class and my teacher always taught us that never give your opinion in introduction and body paragraphs, only give your opinion in conculusion. how much is it true because in your example you gave opinion in introduction.

kind regards.

Hi Simon Sir,

Kindly check my introduction and suggest me which one sounds good

It is not true that the technological developments lead to dissapear of traditional socities and cultural practices. I completly disagree with the view that technology and orthodox cultures cannot go hand in hand.


Technology the buzz word of today has meliorated life in myriad ways. It is not necessary that tradtional cultures will dissapear with the evolution of technology. I completly disagree with the view that technology and orthodox cultures can not go together.


For IELTS writing, that advice is wrong I'm afraid. Examiners want to see a clear position presented and supported throughout the whole essay.

Dear Simon

Thank you for your useful information as usual.
I have a question about type of task.

I am not too sure about difference between 'to what extent do you agree or disagree' and ' do you agree or disagree'?
Should I mantion about opposite side a little when I am asked ' to what extent do you agree or disagree'?

Thank you.

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