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OPINION ESSAYS

In this type of composition you state your opinion about a topictotryto


convince others that your point of view is the correct one. We do not
include otherpeople'sopinions.Youpositionyourselfin favour oragainst
the topic and give reasons to support your views. Think of three or four
points to reason or support your arguments. Be reasonable and avoid
ridiculousopinions.Foreverysupportingargumentmakeaparagraphwith
facts,details, figures, reasons and examples. To convince the reader that
youropinionisvaliddependalotonhowyoupresentyourideas.

PLANNING

PARAGRAPH1:INTRODUCTION

Statethetopicclearlyandyouropinionaboutit.
Usesentenceswhichattractthereader'sattention
Somegoodwaysofopeninginclude:
1. AQUESTION
Haveyoueverbeeninthecompanyofacelebrity?
2. ASURPRISINGSTATISTICORFACT
Accordingtostatistics,comediesarethemostpopularTVprogrammes
3. APERSONALADDRESSTOTHEREADER
Youmaythinkthatbeingfamouscanmakeyouhappy
4. APROVOCATIVESTATEMENT
CommercialsonstateTVshouldbebannedandthesoonerthebetter

PARAGRAPH2AND3

Make a list of at least two ideas to support your opinion on the topic. Explain your
arguments clearly by using examples, reasons, facts and make them convincing. Make
theflowfromoneideatotheotherconsistent

PARAGRAPH4:CONCLUSION

Summarize your ideas. It is often a paraphrase of the main idea expressed in the
introduction.You can also give a solution or say what will happen if the problem is not
solved.

USEFUL LANGUAGE

EXPRESSINGYOUROPINIONEXPRESARTUOPINION

Inmyopinion

Enmiopinin

PersonallyIthink/believethat

Personalmentepiensoque...

Istronglybelieve/feelthat...

Firmementecreoque...

Itseemstomethat

Mepareceque...

Tomymind...

Amiparecer...

I'mabsolutelyconvincedthat...

Estoytotalmenteconvencidodeque..

AsIseeit...

Segnyoloveo..

AsfarasIamconcerned...

Porloqueamirespecta..

Iwouldsaythat

Yodiraque...

I(dis)agreewiththestatementbecause.. Estoydeacuerdo/desacuerdoconlaafirmacin
porque.
I'mtotallyinfavour/opposedto

Estoytotalmenteafavor/encontrade

Inmyview/frommypointofview

Desdemipuntodevista...

EXPRESSINGFACTSAPORTARDATOS

Itisafactthat...

Esunhechoque...

Itiswidelyknownthat...

Esbiensabidoque...

Itistruethat...

Esciertoque...

Itisclearthat...

Estaclaroque...

Researchhasshownthat...

Investigacioneshanmostradoque...

Forinstance

Porejemplo...

Thereis/aredefinitely...

Indudablementehay.

SEQUENCINGREASONSSECUENCIARRAZONESOCAUSAS

Firstly/secondly/finally/lastly

Enprimer/segundolugar/finalmente

Mymainreasonis...

Miprincipalraznes...

Anotherreasonis...

Otromotivoes...

Firstofall

Enprimerlugar,antesdenada...

Tobeginwith...

Paraempezar...

Inaddition/besides/whatsmore/moreover/
furthermore...

Adems...

Asaresult...

Comoresultado

Therefore

Portanto

SUMMARIZINGCONCLUSIN

Tosumup

Resumiendo

Toconclude/Inconclusion

Paraterminar,enconclusin

Onthewhole

Engeneral

Allinall

Contodo...