TOEFL® Writing Practice 75

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For this task, you will write an essay in response to a question that asks you to state, explain, and support your opinion on an issue. You'll have 30 minutes to write your essay.

Typically, an effective essay will contain a minimum of 350 words.

We recommend you practice organizing your essay for the first 5 minutes with a pen and paper like you will during your TOEFL exam.

Question: It is sometimes said that borrowing money from a friend can harm or damage the friendship. Do you agree? Why or why not? Use reasons and specific examples to explain your answer.
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Question: It is sometimes said that borrowing money from a friend can harm or damage the friendship. Do you agree? Why or why not? Use reasons and specific examples to explain your answer.

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Sample Essay

It is said that developing a real friendship can be a long and complicated process. Unfortunately, it is as difficult to develop a friendship, as it is easy to ruin one. One of the things that can truly test a friendship is borrowing money from a friend. If one friend continues to borrow money and does not the take the responsibility of paying back the debt or returning the same favor, it definitely jeopardizes the friendship and can even put an end to the beautiful relationship.

To begin with, friendship is largely based on loyalty and trust. When a friend keeps borrowing money, it definitely brings about an air of mistrust. A true friend will go to any extent to help the other needy friend but when the latter starts taking undue advantage of the generous gesture, then it becomes awkward, causes fights, and can eventually destroy the entire friendship.

Furthermore, if a person keeps borrowing money and is not able to return the money owed due to some circumstances, the person could be considered a cheater. Money borrowed should always be returned on time. Regardless of the difficulties, one is going through, one must always return the money as agreed upon. In delaying the repayment of a debt to a friend, one only puts his own friendship at risk. In the end, the other person grows to mistrust his friend and ultimately the friendship becomes sour due to a preventable situation.

Lastly, when one forms the habit of borrowing money from people, particularly friends, he starts to lean towards the habit more and more. People start looking down at such a person and even start to avoid him. Also, it could even spoil the image or the reputation of the person lending the money. When the borrower starts taking his friend for granted and leans on him for support for all his financial needs, he then is considered rude, immoral, and untrustworthy.

In closing, borrowing money from a friend definitely puts the friendship at risk. Thus, it is always better not to start the bad habit. However, if one must borrow money from a friend, it is only ethical and wise to repay the debt as soon as possible. For, friendships - especially ones that last a lifetime - are hard enough to form, let alone maintain. Destroying a friendship can be easy to do, especially when money is involved.

Learn How to Tackle TOEFL Independent Writing - Agree and Disagree Essays
Tip 1: Follow a standard TOEFL essay structure
Introductory Paragraph 1. Provide background information about the essay topic. Here are a few techniques:
  1. Begin with two sides of opinions on the essay topic
  2. Begin with the general public's opinions
  3. Introduce a fact that raises a question about the essay topic
  4. Introduce a debate on the essay topic
  5. Mention the advantage or disadvantage of a subject as a way to contrast
  6. your main opinion on the subject.

2. Write a strong thesis statement

Lesson: How to write a high-scoring TOEFL introductory paragraph part 1
Lesson: How to write a high-scoring TOEFL introductory paragraph part 2
Body Paragraph A
Body Paragraph B
Body Paragraph C (Optional)
1. Include a transition word/phrase at the beginning
2. Write a topic sentence
3. Include supporting sentences

Lesson: How to write a high-scoring TOEFL body paragraph
Conclusion Paragraph 1. Include a restatement of the thesis statement you wrote in your introduction
2. Provide a brief summary of your main ideas

Lesson: How to write a high-scoring TOEFL conclusion paragraph

There's no maximum length for your essay, but a good response is usually at least 300 words.

Tip 2: Use transition words and phrases

You need to use transition words and phrases to connect your ideas in your essay. You should have 2 transition words/phrases every 4-5 sentences.

Type of connection Transition words
These words can help you show the order of ideas. First/Second/Third
Firstly (or "First of all")/Secondly/Thirdly (or "Lastly")
For one thing/For another thing/Finally (or "Lastly")
In the first place/in the second place/Finally (or "Lastly")

Instead of "First", "First of all" and "Firstly", we can use "To begin with", "To start with", or "For starters". We can also use "First and foremost" to state that the first key point is the most important one among all key points.

Likewise, instead of "Finally" and "Lastly", we can use "Last but not least" to state that the final key point is just as important as the others, despite it being mentioned last.

These words can help you add information In addition, furthermore, additionally, also, next, moreover, what's more, on top of that
These words can help you conclude or to summarize: To sum up, in summary, in conclusion, to conclude, all in all, all things considered ,overall, taking everything into consideration, in a nutshell
These words can help you demonstrate contrast Conversely, on the contrary, by contrast, by way of contrast, on one hand/on the other hand
These words can help you compare or demonstrate similarity Similarly, likewise, by the same token, along similar lines
These words can help you state a result. As a result, as a consequence, consequently, therefore
These words can help you state a generalization. Generally, on the whole, in most cases, in general
These words can help you clarify a point. That is, in other words, to put it simply, That is to say, just to reiterate
These words can help you give examples. For example, for instance, take something, for example, to give a clear example
These words can help you state an alternative. Alternatively, as another possibility
Tip 3: Vary your sentence structure

To achieve a higher score or a perfect 5 out of 5 on the TOEFL English language criteria, you must show that you can accurately and flexibly use a variety of structures.

Lesson: Achieving sentence variety part 1
Lesson: Achieving sentence variety part 2
Lesson: Achieving sentence variety part 3
Tip 5: Vary your vocabulary

You should avoid using the same vocabulary throughout your essay. Instead, you can use synonyms or phrases that have the same meaning of words.

Here are some ways you can improve on this area:

  1. Read our sample essays and pay attention to words you are not familiar with.
  2. Utilize our TOEFL Vocabulary system
  3. Utilize our TOEFL synonyms exercises
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