How to understand argument and discussion essay questions

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14 Responses to How to understand argument and discussion essay questions

  1. jis says:

    Dear sir,
    This video is very helpfull.I have cleared many of my doubts.I am a regular visitor of your youtube since 1 year.According to you for argument essays writers opinion should come at first(introduction).I understood that it is better to write the opinions in more academic style,for example,’it is believed that ‘or ‘it is argued that’ instead starting the sentence with in ‘my opinioN.
    From todays video I understood that for agree or disagree&to what extent do you agree or disagree question it is better to write ne side either agree or disagree instead of writing both sides.

  2. jis says:

    Dear sir,
    This video is very helpfull.I have cleared many of my doubts.I am a regular visitor of your youtube since 1 year.According to you for argument essays writers opinion should come at first(introduction).I understood that it is better to write the opinions in more academic style,for example,’it is believed that ‘or ‘it is argued that’ instead of starting the sentence with ‘in my opinion’.
    From todays video I understood that for agree or disagree&to what extent do you agree or disagree question it is better to write one side either agree or disagree instead of writing both sides.But I have seen many are writing both sides ,and it confused me a lot.In your sample essay wheather computer will replace the teachers you have given both sides in one paragraph(teachers can cater to the needs of the children,computers cannot).Here you have given both sides in one paragraph,it confuses me

  3. sojan jose says:

    Hello Ryan , i am very much grateful for your videos on your website and blog . it is very much helpful. i have some requests to put forward, i am trying to get an ielts writing 7 and i always get 6.5.so first request is, could you please make a video that mention some important tips to reach 7 from 6.5.secondly can you please prepare a video that explain how to respond with analytical type essays. By that i meant questions asking to explain what are the cause and solutions of a particular issue,for eg:environmental pollution or what measures should take to tackle problems with out asking us to take a position or discuss both sides.finally, i would also expect a video regarding how to use punctuation effectively.THANK YOU.

  4. Thank you very much Ryan Sir for providing me such a complete lecture video regarding identifying the argumentative and discursive essay. This video gave me a clear idea about the two different types of essay. I must say that i did not have exact knowledge about the pattern of essay. But now, i became clear how to response while writing these two types of questions. I hope it would help you all if listen it properly.
    Once again, i would like to thank you and i also would like to provide me such videos time and again.

    Chandra from Nepal

  5. Thank you very much Ryan Sir for providing me such a complete lecture video regarding identifying the argumentative and discursive essay. This video gave me a clear idea about the two different types of essay. I must say that i did not have exact knowledge about the pattern of essay. But now, i became clear how to response while writing these two types of questions. I hope it would help you all if you listen it properly. Perhaps, you don’t need to take extra class for IELTS preparation.

    Once again, i would like to thank you and i also would like to provide me such videos time and again.

  6. lilysue says:

    hi ryan,

    just want to say thank you for your website, i was able to get a 7 in writing through just following your outline. it helps a lot. God bless. May all the blessings come your way. I didn’t spent anything in review materials, so, I will say it in prayers for you.

    • Ryan says:

      That is great news. I am very happy for your success. I am sure you must feel so relieved now that you have achieved the score you need.

      If it is no trouble to your, could you post your story to my YouTube page? It would help me a lot and provide some inspiration to other students preparing to engage the exam. http://www.youtube.com/user/EnglishRyan

      Good luck,
      Ryan

  7. V says:

    Hi Ryan, what about this question: “Which viewpoint do you agree with?”

    So is this an argument essay?

  8. V says:

    Oh and this is the whole statement:

    “Some people say that advertising encourages us to buy things that we really do not need. Others say that advertisements tell us about new products that may improve our lives.

    Which viewpoint do you agree with?”

  9. V says:

    Hihi, sorry just another question : do we state if it’s good or bad (is this like agreeing or disagreeing?) at the top like an argument essay or at the conclusion as a discussion essay?

    The question:
    In the past, buildings often reflected the culture of a society but today all modern buildings look alike and cities throughout the world are becoming more and more similar.

    What do you think is the reason for this, and is it a good thing or a bad thing?

  10. Rama says:

    Thanks a ton! You r a star! After viewing this video all my doubts regarding discussion and argument essay style are clear.

  11. Anonymous says:

    thanx alot for such a great help for all test takers…u r simply amazing n so is ur style…….

  12. Amy says:

    Hi. What if the question is just – should boxing be banned? Is this discursive or argumentative

  13. Amy says:

    What If it is this question – tourism spoils beautiful countries. What are your views? Is this discursive since views is more broad?

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