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Types of essays in English and their characteristics

 Ron updated 2 weeks, 5 days ago 1 Member · 1 Post
  • The type of English language essay you need to write depends on the assigned topic and is sometimes specified in the academized assignment. According to a reputable source – the book Successful Writing by Virginia Evans – it is customary to distinguish three main types of essays:

    For and against. For and against essays

    The name speaks for itself: you give arguments “for” and “against” some phenomenon. The outline of an essay in English is as follows:

    Introduction. In it you bring the reader to the topic of discussion.

    The main part. You give arguments “for” and “against” some action or phenomenon. At the same time, you do not have to express your point of view, stick to neutrality.

    Conclusion. Only here you express your attitude to the topic and make a conclusion.

    Opinion essays. Opinion essays.

    You express your thoughts on a given topic. It would seem that any essay is an expression of your own thoughts. What is the salt of this type of essay? In Opinion Essays, you need to not just reflect your point of view, but also look at the proposed topic from different angles. Consider all aspects of the issue, write your opinion and be sure to back it up with confident arguments.

    The outline of an essay-opinion in English:

    Introduction. You specify the topic of the reasoning.

    Main part. You state your opinion and confidently argue it. Here, it is also desirable to consider the opinion opposite to yours, and explain to the reader why you do not share this point of view.

    Conclusion. You summarize by finally formulating your point of view on the proposed topic.

    3. Suggesting solutions to problem essays.

    In this type of writing, you will be asked to consider a global problem or issues. Your task is to suggest solutions.

    The outline for this type of essay is as follows:

    Introduction. You state the problem and its causes or consequences.

    Main part. You suggest ways of solving the problems and possible consequences of such actions. Clearly argue why certain measures should be taken and what it will entail.

    Conclusion. Summarize your reasoning.

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