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both sides essay

In an IELTS both sides and opinion essay you need to discuss each side of an argument using the third person (people believe). You should save your opinion and use the first person (I think) in the final paragraph.A typical question is shown below

Computers are being used more and more in education. Some people say that learning online is the best way to learn, whereas some claim that it is still better to attend a class with a teacher.

 

Example question:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic .

Some people believe that there should be fixed punishments for each type of crime. Others, however, argue that the circumstances of an individual crime, and the motivation for committing it, should always be taken into account when deciding on the punishment.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

You should write at least 250 words. You should use your own ideas, knowledge and experience and support your arguments with examples and relevant evidence .

 

Steps in Planning your Essay :

  1. Underline key vocabulary in the question and write words with the same or related meaning.
  2. Decide what kind of response is needed.
  3. Brainstorm key points for the answer.
  4. Decide on the structure of the essay.

 

Steps in writing your Essay 

INTRODUCTION:  

  1. Paraphrase the question
  2. This essay discusses [SIDE A], and [SIDE B], and then I will give my own opinion.

BODY:

  1. Write topic sentences for each body paragraph

[SIDE A] On one side of the argument there are people who argue that…..

[SIDE B] On the other hand,….. 

CONCLUSION: 

  1. SIGNAL OPINION: “In conclusion, I believe that…”
  2. Usually you can say that both sides have merits
  3. State which side is stronger and the reason

 

Some people believe that there should be fixed punishments for each type of crime. Others, however, argue that the circumstances of an individual crime, and the motivation for committing it, should always be taken into account when deciding on the punishment.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

 

One of the highly controversial issues today relates to whether to use standardised penalties or flexible ones. This essay examines this question from both points of view and then I will give my own perspective on the matter.

On one side of the argument there are people who argue that the benefits of standardised punishments considerably outweigh its disadvantages. The main reason for believing this is that it is more efficient and cheaper to manage. One good illustration of this is parking tickets. If every one of these had to go to court and be ruled upon by a judge and jury this would be very expensive and waste a lot of people’s time. It is also possible to say that this system is fairer because every person is treated the same regardless of race or gender.

On the other hand, it is also possible to make the opposing case. It is often argued that in fact it is better to consider the situation and reason of a crime. People often have this opinion because sometimes people are forced to commit a crime such as murder due to reasons like self-defence. Clearly, this should be considered in sentencing for the crime. A second point is that the reason for a crime should be taken into account. A particularly good example here is that someone who steals food to feed their family shouldn’t be punished as someone who steals a watch because they want to look wealthy.

In conclusion, both arguments have their merits. On balance, however, I tend to believe that it is better to decide the penalty on a case-by-case basis, as getting the right decision is more important than the justice system saving money.
[288 words]

 

Structuring an IELTS essay using key vocabulary 

The template below contains about 130 words for an IELTS essay!

One of the highly controversial issues today relates to whether A or B [A + B =both sides of the argument]. ……………. In this essay, I am going to examine this question from both points of view and then give my own opinion on the matter.

On one side of the argument there are people who argue that the benefits of ……………. considerably outweigh its disadvantages. The main reason for believing this is that …………………. It is also possible to say that …….One good illustration of this is ………….

On the other hand, it is also possible to make the opposing case. It is often argued that in fact ……….. People often have this opinion because …………… A second point is that ………..A particularly good example here is…………..

In conclusion, I believe that both arguments have their merits. On balance, however, I tend to believe that ……………..

The language from this template is used in the essay below:

Some people believe that there should be the death penalty for extremely serious crimes. Others believe that it is not morally correct to kill criminals  

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

 

One of the most controversial issues today relates to whether to use  capital punishment or not.In this essay, I am going to examine this question from both points of view and then give my own perspective on the matter.

On one side of the argument there are people who argue that the benefits of killing violent criminals considerably outweigh its disadvantages. The main reason for believing this is that the fear of execution acts as a deterrent to commit serious crimes such as rape and murder. It is also possible to say that the execution of a criminal may bring relief to the suffering victims. One good illustration of this is when Sadam Hussein was executed. Many of the victims who were persecuted under his rule expressed joy and relief when he was finally captured and killed. 

On the other hand, it is also possible to make the opposing case. It is often argued that in fact sentencing criminals to death is just committing another murder. People often have this opinion because they think that it is immoral to take another person’s life, no matter what the reason is. A second point is that many religions are opposed to any form of murder. A particularly good example here is from the bible, which lists killing another person as one of the Ten Commandments that should not be broken. 

In conclusion, I believe that both arguments have their merits. On balance, however, I tend to believe that capital punishment is justified in cases of extreme crime and that deterring violent crime is more important than taking the moral high ground espoused in the bible. 

[267 words]

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