IELTS Writing Practice 67

 
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The Writing Task 2 of the IELTS Academic/General test requires you to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. You will be presented with a topic and will be tested on your ability to respond by giving and justifying an opinion, discussing the topic, summarizing details, outlining problems, identifying possible solutions and supporting what you write with reasons, arguments and relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

  • - Write in a formal style
  • - Write at least 250 words

Write about the following topic:

New technologies and ways of buying and selling are transforming the lives of consumers. To what extent do you agree with this opinion?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

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Question

New technologies and ways of buying and selling are transforming the lives of consumers. To what extent do you agree with this opinion?

Your Essay

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Model Essay
New technologies and ways of buying and selling are transforming the lives of consumers. To what extent do you agree with this opinion?

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Modern day consumers are presently in an unprecedented era of transformation in the purchase of goods and services, particularly via the internet.  As with all new technology, while there may be some disruption and ill-effects, I believe the Internet is having a huge impact on people’s lives.

To begin with, the Internet has created a global market with far reaching effects.  An increase in competition among retailers has resulted in lower prices on many products making finding a bargain as simple as doing a Google search.   A more crowded marketplace has also resulted in an increase in benefits to shoppers by retailers eager to attract more business.  Nowadays, for example, free shipping and same day delivery mean it’s easier than ever to shop without leaving the home.

A further significant impact of the Internet is the rise of the savvy shopper.  A plethora of online tools make it easy to find the best deal through services like price comparison apps, online product rating systems, and customer reviews.  Shopping may further be done anytime day or night, and for as long as a shopper wishes to spend before purchasing, thus increasing the control consumers have over how they buy.

Finally, it’s important to consider the increase in availability brought on by the Internet.  Everyday groceries that were once picked up locally can now be ordered online.  Items such as fresh produce and dairy products are deliverable with the click of a button.  

In conclusion, there is much evidence to suggest that shopping online is revolutionizing the buying process for consumers.  With the rise of augmented reality and the ability to ‘see’ digital products in three dimensions, the Internet’s effect is likely to become even more pronounced.

Revision Exercise
Each sentence in the report below contains one or two errors. Errors may be grammar or punctuation based. A list of the common errors used with answer is given at the end.

It’s important to consider the increasing in availability brought by Internet.  Everyday grocerie that were once picked locally can now be ordered online. Items such as fresh produce and dairy products are delivery with click of a button.  

There is much evidence to suggest that shopping online is revolutionizing the buying process for consumer.  With rise of augmented reality. The ability ‘see’ digital products in three dimension, Internet’s effect is likely become even more pronounced.

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Step 1: Planning
New technologies and ways of buying and selling are transforming the lives of consumers. To what extent do you agree with this opinion?

Type: Opinion Essay

  1. What is the topic of the question?
  2. How many questions are there?
  3. How many sides do you need to consider?  

The question topic argues whether new ways of doing business and causing a transformation in the customer’s lives.  There is one question but two possible choices:

 

  1. One-sided: Choose a side and mention your opinion in the introduction and conclusion
  2. Balanced:  Choose both sides and give a specific opinion in the introduction, the side of argument that you least agree with in the first paragraph, and the side you prefer in the subsequent two.  Repeat specific opinion in the conclusion.

 

Plan:  One-sided Opinion

  1. Analyse the question
  2. Brainstorm a number of main points that you wish to talk about
  3. Choose which points you wish to use, and think of two supporting details for each by continuing to ask “why” questions until you have the answers you need
  4. Decide on the order of your main points before writing

Thesis

New technologies in the form of the Internet are having a huge impact

Point for

Internet created a global market

  • Increased competition among retailers, lower prices
  • Crowded marketplace, free shipping, same day delivery at home

Point for

Rise of the savvy shopper

  • Online tools mean customers can find the best deal
  • Shopping may be done at all hours
  • Shopping can be done for as long as desired

Point for

Increased availability for every product

  • Everyday groceries can be ordered online
  • Fresh produce or dairy products delivered to home

Conclusion

Increase in technology like augmented reality, mean that the Internet’s effect will continue to increase.

Step 2: Write the essay

Modern day consumers are presently in an unprecedented era of transformation in the purchase of goods and services, particularly via the internet.  As with all new technology, while there may be some disruption and ill-effects, I believe the Internet is having a huge impact on people’s lives.

To begin with, the Internet has created a global market with far reaching effects.  An increase in competition among retailers has resulted in lower prices on many products making finding a bargain as simple as doing a Google search.   A more crowded marketplace has also resulted in an increase in benefits to shoppers by retailers eager to attract more business.  Nowadays, for example, free shipping and same day delivery mean it’s easier than ever to shop without leaving the home.

A further significant impact of the Internet is the rise of the savvy shopper.  A plethora of online tools make it easy to find the best deal through services like price comparison apps, online product rating systems, and customer reviews.  Shopping may further be done anytime day or night, and for as long as a shopper wishes to spend before purchasing, thus increasing the control consumers have over how they buy.

Finally, it’s important to consider the increase in availability brought on by the Internet.  Everyday groceries that were once picked up locally can now be ordered online.  Items such as fresh produce and dairy products are deliverable with the click of a button.  

In conclusion, there is much evidence to suggest that shopping online is revolutionizing the buying process for consumers.  With the rise of augmented reality and the ability to ‘see’ digital products in three dimensions, the Internet’s effect is likely to become even more pronounced.

 
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