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Comment on the following statement:

It’s always best to wear a business suit when you have an interview for a job.
What is your opinion? Do you agree with this statement?
Write 200-250 words.
Use the following plan:
• make an introduction (state the problem)
• express your personal opinion and give 2-3 reasons for your opinion
• express an opposing opinion and give 1-2 reasons for this opposing opinion
• explain why you don’t agree with the opposing opinion
• make a conclusion restating your position

Sample answer

Getting a job takes a lot of effort, as you have to prepare yourself to answer a lot of questions about your skills and your history. You also have to look your best at the interview. Should you always wear a business suit to an interview?
In my opinion, I think you should always dress appropriately for the position you're applying for. This means that it's not always necessary to wear a business suit. If you're applying for a job as a sales assistant in a casual clothes shop, for example, it might be best to attend the interview in a nice outfit that's slightly more casual than a formal business suit. I believe some people think that you need to do your very best to really impress your interviewer with your appearance.
They may think this means you should always wear an expensive business suit, complete with a tie if you're a man and professional heels if you're a woman. I don't completely agree with this position because I think it might be inappropriate to dress this way for a job at a restaurant or for manual work, like a job as a builder or electrician. A business suit would look too formal and impractical in these situations. In conclusion, I think it's best to think about the job you're applying for and choose an outfit that matches the job. Your interviewer will appreciate the thought you've put into your appearance.
 

Comment on the following statement:

Online news sites are always factual, trustworthy sources of information.
What is your opinion? Do you agree with this statement?
Write 200-250 words.
Use the following plan:
• make an introduction (state the problem)
• express your personal opinion and give 2-3 reasons for your opinion
• express an opposing opinion and give 1-2 reasons for this opposing opinion
• explain why you don’t agree with the opposing opinion
• make a conclusion restating your position

Sample answer

Ihe internet has become a major news provider that many people rely on to get their information. The number of news sites has grown rapidly since the early days of the internet, and because of this, people wonder if all of this news is factual and trustworthy. In my opinion, I think we need to be careful what we believe on some online news sites. Some websites have a high quality of news, but others may not follow good standards. They may be operated by individuals who don't always print the truth, either because they don't care to do so or because they don't have the expertise to ensure their facts are correct.
I think some people believe that all online news sites are trustworthy. They may visit one site, read a piece of information there, and accept it as the truth. Perhaps they assume the site is dependable because it has a professional-looking design and format. The problem with this is that although the news site may look good, it may not have good publishing standards or qualified journalists and writers. The information they write may be useful, but until you've determined that the site is trustworthy, you shouldn't assume that until you have investigated it.
In conclusion, I believe that online news is a valuable resource, but we must be careful what we believe. Any piece of information we read should be verified on websites or other news sources that we trust completely.
 

Comment on the following statement:

Famous people must learn to expect that their lives will never be private
What is your opinion? Do you agree with this statement?
Write 200-250 words.
Use the following plan:
• make an introduction (state the problem)
• express your personal opinion and give 2-3 reasons for your opinion
• express an opposing opinion and give 1-2 reasons for this opposing opinion
• explain why you don’t agree with the opposing opinion
• make a conclusion restating your position

Sample answer

When a person becomes famous, people want to learn about every aspect of their life. It can be unfortunate for a famous person, because it means they lose a great deal of their privacy. Should they simply come to expect this when they become famous? In my opinion, famous people should have the right to demand that certain parts of their life should remain private. For example, if a celebrity has children, the lives of their children should be protected. This is so that their children don't suffer from the pressures of fame at such an early age. I believe some people think that celebrities should just expect that they are going to be photographed at all times, even when they're just out shopping, or when they're relaxing in their own homes. They think that is the price of being rich and famous, and celebrities chose this lifestyle so they shouldn't complain when photographers follow them around everywhere. I don't agree with this view because I think many celebrities pursued a life in film, music or art because they love the craft, and they shouldn't be chased around and made to feel uncomfortable in life, just so photographers can sell photos and magazines can make money. In conclusion, I think celebrities have the right to demand a certain level of privacy. No one should lose the ability to keep certain intimate aspects of their life private.
 

Comment on the following statement:

A live music performance is always inferior to a studio recording.

Sample answer

Music relaxes us, or allows us to dance and have a good time. There are many ways to listen to music, whether live, through concerts and performances, or recorded, through music players and the internet. is a live show always inferior to a studio recording? In my opinion, I think a live show is always a better experience than listening to recorded music. A live performance is more than just hearing the music; it's an opportunity to see the performers you admire demonstrating their skills in front of your eyes. There is a unique quality to the music also, as performers often make small changes to songs. I imagine some people think that listening to recorded music is a better experience in terms of enjoying the music. Music that's recorded in a studio shows the best side of a singer's voice, and the sound is much clearer than what you would hear at a concert. Still, although live music may not be perfect, I think it is a much more exciting experience. There is a fantastic atmosphere at a live concert, and the roar and applause of the crowd add a special quality to the performance. You don't get that with recorded music. In conclusion, I would say there are benefits to both live and recorded music, but I disagree that a live music performance is always inferior to a studio recording because the atmosphere of the live experience makes it much more exciting.
 

Comment on the following statement:

School leavers should take a gap year before entering university.

Sample answer

Many high school students take a gap year before entering university. This is a year in which they usually travel abroad and see the world to broaden their horizons. However, some people believe it's better for them to go straight to university. In my opinion, I think this is a perfect opportunity for a young person to learn new things about life. Our educational system teaches students many useful subjects, but some things are only learnt by the experiences you face in life, such as doing things on your own and finding your way around a new place. Also, the cultural experience of visiting somewhere different from your home country is very valuable. You can learn phrases from a foreign language and try out new customs and traditions. Some people believe you should start university directly after .finishing school. I imagine this is because the sooner you start university, the faster you'll finish and be able to find a job. Also, there may be a fear that your gap year will turn into two, or that you will never attend university. While those are important things to consider, I don't agree with this view. The lessons you learn on a gap year can prepare you for life in a way that university cannot. Also, with some discipline, you should be able to do a gap year, then go to university. In conclusion, a gap year can provide young people with unique experiences, which they will remember and appreciate for life.

 

Comment on the following statement:

Team sports help people develop a stronger character than individual sports do.

Sample answer

There are many benefits to playing both team and individual sports. Apart from getting some exercise and improving your physical abilities, you can learn about your strengths and weakness and feel great about your accomplishments on the track or field. However, some people believe that team sports help develop a person's character better. In my opinion, individual sports develop a stronger character than team sports do. I believe that an individual sport gives you the opportunity to perform according to your own schedule and particular skills set. It also teaches you to motivate and challenge yourself. For example, if you're practising for a race, you can time yourself and then you can try to beat your own running time. Others believe that team sports are more beneficialbecause they teach you how to cooperate with other people, and how to work for common goals. They also teach you leadership, if you happen to be the captain, or how to follow another person's instructions. These are valuable lessons that can help build character. I think for some people, though, this type of sport doesn't work very well. Some people are too independent to perform this way. That doesn't mean that they can't develop a strong character. You can learn lessons about determination, pushing yourself and developing skill and talent from individual sports. In conclusion, I believe that team sports aren't always best for helping a person develop a strong character. Individual sports can do so as well. I think people have to find a sport they enjoy and excel at doing that.
 

Comment on the following statement:

People have become too dependent on technology.

Sample answer

These days, people use technology to do many things. They use computers at work, mobile phones for communication, and television to watch programmes. These devices are useful, but have people become too dependent on them? In my opinion, people spend too much time using these devices, and in fact, they use them more than they use their minds. For example, people often use a calculator just to do simple maths, but it's something they could do in their head. Another example is the Internet. People spend so much time on it, their social life begins to suffer. They have substituted Facebook for a real social life. On the other hand, I would agree that some things can only be done with a device. Most of the work carried out in offices is done by computers. If we returned to the old ways of doing things, business would slow down. Also, mobile phones make it much easier to keep in touch with other people, especially when we're away from home. Despite those advantages, I believe people have become too dependent on technology. Their minds have become weaker as a result, and without technology, they will find things harder. There are also physical concerns with using technology too much, such as having pains in your wrist or putting strain on your eyes. In conclusion, while I think technology is useful, people have to be careful that they don't use it too much. They will begin to forget that there are some things they can and should do themselves.
 

Comment on the following statement:

Governments should limit the size of sugary drink containers in order to improve public health.

Sample answer

Whenever you visit a supermarket, there is always a huge selection of soft drinks. These drinks are popular because they're full of sugar, which makes them taste great. It's become a problem for some people who have gained weight from drinking them. So should governments limit the size of the containers these drinks are sold in? I my opinion, governments shouldn't be involved with limiting the sizes of the beverages we consume. We should have the right to choose what we want to drink and how much of it we want to consume. It's a freedom of choice that everyone should be able to practise. I rhink some people believe that governments should have a hand in our health choices. They believe that people can't make proper choices for themselves, so someone else has to make choices for them. This attitude assumes that people can't be responsible with what they consume. I believe the problem with governments trying to limit our choices is that besides taking freedoms away, it probably wouldn't work anyway. What's to stop people buying two or more drinks at once? It would be better if governments promoted healthy dietary habits, rather than trying to stop people from consuming too much of something. In conclusion, I believe that people should be allowed to buy whatever size of sugary drinks they want. It's up to them to be responsible for themselves, and the role of governments should be to positively influence our consumption habits, not restrict them.
 

Comment on the following statement:

People shouldn’t be allowed to work from home because it’s less productive than being in the office.

Sample answer

More and more people are working from home rather than in an office. It's become easier to work at home because your work can be done on a computer and emailed into the office. But is this good for productivity? In my opinion, someone working from home can be just as productive as someone who works in an office. For example, if you have to finish a project by a certain date, then you know it has to be done and you'll do whatever it takes to finish it, but you are more relaxed and you avoid wasting time travelling. Some people believe that those who work from home are not really working a lot of the time. They think they're spending time hanging out in cafes or shopping. They also think there are too many distractions at home, like children or pets, to allow you to domuch work. I don't believe this is true because many people work from home and still carry out their roles successfully. If they didn't finish their work, wouldn't they be fired? That's proof that you can be productive at home. Also, I think there are many distractions in an office, too, such as people visiting you at your desk, your phone ringing, emails arriving, and so forth. In conclusion, I think there are advantages and disadvantages wherever you work, but overall you can be just as productive at home as you would be in an office.