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Saturday, 6 July 2013

Skills of writing an IELTS essay

Skills of writing an IELTS essay - 1

1.   Rephrasing

Rephrasing the question is one of the most important skills of IELTS essay writing.  It is useful in writing the introduction and conclusion.  Rephrasing is usually done, focusing on various key-words in the question.

Look at this question and see how it has been rephrases using the key words in the question.

In today’s world, it is private companies rather than government that pay for and carry out most scientific research. Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

Private companies, of late, have dominated the funding and carrying out of majority of scientific research and development and the role of government in this sector seems to be on the decline.  Many people fear that such a trend would lead to greater disadvantages for the society.

Majority of scientific research is now being funded or carried out by privately owned businesses and government seems to be gradually withdrawing from this field.  Although many admit its advantages, it is also very relevant to examine whether this trend has serious drawbacks for the nation.

In the recent times, the role of government in scientific research is on the decline, whereas private initiatives in this sector is growing substantially.  An attempt is made here to analyse whether the benefits of this development is greater than the disadvantages.

Investing in and carrying out scientific research, in the recent times, has been dominated by the private business corporations, while government has substantially reduced its presence in this sector.  While acknowledging the merits of this new trend, it is also essential to study the negative implications.

Rephrase the questions below, focusing on different key words from the question.

·         Some people think zoos are cruel and they should be closed. However, others believe zoos are useful to protect rare animals. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.

·      Some people believe in the traditional idea that the woman’s place is in the home, while others say that idea is outdated and that women should play an increasingly important role in the workplace of the future. What is your opinion?


·      The education a child receives at home from having parents who are positive role models is more important than the academic education a child receives at school. To what extent do you agree or disagree?


·      In many countries there has been an increase in social problems involving teenagers in recent years. Many people believe that this is due to modern lifestyles because parents spend more and more time at work and have less time to supervise their children. To what extent do you believe this is true?


·      People are now living longer than ever before and many old people are unable to look after themselves. Some people believe that it is the responsibility of families to look after the elderly, while others say governments should provide retirement homes for them where they can be looked after properly. Discuss.

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