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Hi Liz,
In an AGREE DISAGREE essay model, must you make your statement by saying ‘in my opinion, I completely agree?’
Could there be other phrase options to express this emphatically?
Thanks.

Learn how to write essays for IELTS writing task 2 on my online course:

Your essay should be formal in content, not informal.

There is no word limit for any paragraph but as the introduction only needs two statements, it is usual to write only around 40 to 50 words. Writing more isn’t really worth the time or effort. Paraphrasing is about changing word order, active to passive, noun to adjective etc.
All the best
Liz

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Hello Liz,
I was asked following topic-
‘Money is the most important thing for happiness.
To what extent do you agree or disagree. Give examples from your life.’
My question is while giving examples, should they be specifically from our lives or should they be in general context?

I see, maybe I deconstructed your sample in the wrong way. Once again, thanks for replying


Thanks liz it helps me most to solve every confusion……

Hi Liz,
I got confused with this question: Do you think this is a positive or negative development?
Should I write 1 body paragraph about the advantages, 1 for disadvantages and state my opinion whether it is positive or negative in general?
Or should I give 2 reasons in 2 body paragraph to support one side only? (just like the agree/disagree structure)?
Thanks in advance 🙂

Thanks a bunch for your prompt response. God bless you.. 🙂

No more than three words means one word, two words, three words but not four. Please see my 25 tips for listening on the main listening page.
All the best
Liz

Your comment will be appreciable.Thanks in advance.

It is a question that you must answer. “Do you think it is a positive OR negative development?” is not the same as “write about the positive AND negative developments”. Just read the question and answer it. Does it ask you to choose or write about both?
Liz

Thank you for your prompt response.

Hello,
Thank you for sharing so much information about IELTS. Your method of explaining things is very effective.
I wanted to ask if it’s okay to write over 50 words in the introduction in task2 writing. Would there be any negative marking for going beyond that limit?
Also, I would like to know if you can just simply change active to passive or viceversa to paraphrase along with keeping a few original words as it is to write background statement?
Thanks,
anon:D

Yes, you can partly agree. It’s fine.

All parts of your opinion must be explained in detail in the body paragraphs. you would have one body paragraph explaining why you support the use of phyiscal edu in school and then a second body paragraph about the need for a better diet. Always organise your ideas logically into paragraphs.
Liz

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Hello Liz! Based on Azza Lil’s question if we add “nevertheless, diet awareness are also essential.” Should we still discuss this in the body paragraphs? Or just focus on the main answer that is whether agree or disagree? If yes, could you tell how are we going to include it in the body?