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Here I have collected actual IELTS opinion essays (agree or disagree question) from the last several years – enjoy learning about this task type!

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IELTS Task 2 Question Types: Opinion Essays (Agree or Disagree)

Some people believe that students should acquire working experience during their gap year instead of traveling.

Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

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The governments should give each citizen a basic income so that they have enough money to live on, even if they are unemployed.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some people think that enjoying the present is more important than planning for the future for both countries and individuals.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Scientific research should be carried out and controlled by the governments rather than private companies.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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The best way to solve the world’s environmental problems is to increase the cost of fuel for cars and other private vehicles.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Read my sample answer here.

The tendency of human beings to copy one another is shown in the popularity of areas such as fashion and consumer goods.

To what extent do you agree?

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Some people believe that it is a good idea that older people continue to work if it is possible for them to do.

Do you agree or disagree?

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Many claim that the fast food industry had a negative effect on the environment, eating habits, and families.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some people say that it is possible to tell a lot about a person’s culture and character from their choice of clothes.

Do you agree or disagree?

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There are different customs in different countries related to how people eat, dress, and so on. Some think that people visiting a country should behave according to customs of the country they visit.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Because many children are not able to learn foreign languages, schools should not force them to learn foreign languages.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Governments should make people responsible for looking after their own local environment.

Do you agree or disagree?

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Some people say that at all levels of education, from primary school to university, too much time is spent on learning facts and not enough on learning practical skills.

Do you agree or disagree?

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Some claim that men are naturally more competitive than women.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Shopping habits depend more on your age group than anything else.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Smoking is a major cause of serious illness and death throughout the world today. In the interest of the public health, governments should ban cigarettes and other tobacco products.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Everyone should become vegetarian because they do not need to eat meat to have a healthy diet.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some people think employers should not care about the way their employees dress, but the quality at work.

To what extent you agree or disagree?

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In many situations, people who break the law should be warned instead of punished.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Crime rates will fall as advances in technology make it easier to detect and prevent crimes.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some countries are considering imposing curfews in which teenagers will not be allowed outdoors at night unless they are accompanied by an adult.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this policy?

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Some think that fathers should have time off from work after the birth of a child.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some people think that because children find subjects such as mathematics and philosophy difficult, they ought to be optional instead of compulsory.

To what extent do you agree?

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Globalization is positive for economies but its negative sides should not be ignored.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Although more and more people read news on the Internet, newspapers will remain the most important source of news for the majority of people.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Fast food has become more common in recent years. Some people think that it has a negative effect on lifestyles and diets.

Do you agree or disagree?

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Some people think that there should be a complete ban on all forms of advertising.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some feel governments, rather than private companies, should be in charge of medical services.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Large companies use sports events to promote their products. Some people think this has a negative impact on sports.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some feel that good entertainers are as important to society as scientists.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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It is a natural process for animal species to become extinct (e.g. dinosaurs, dodos, etc.). There is no reason why people should try to prevent this from happening.

Do you agree or disagree?

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People are annoyed or entertained by advertising but they are not affected by advertisements when making shopping decisions.

To what extent you agree or disagree?

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Convenience foods will become increasingly prevalent and eventually replace traditional foods and methods of preparation.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some people believe that wild animals should not be kept in zoos or other man-made environments as there is no longer a need for them in the 21st century.

Do you agree or disagree?

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Many manufactured food and drink products contain high levels of sugar, which causes many health problems. Sugary products should be made more expensive to encourage people to consume less sugar.

Do you agree or disagree?

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Some people think that children under 18 years old should receive full-time education.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Many believe that reading books is a waste of time and children would be better served doing something more useful.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Traditional ideas from older people about the way to live and behave are not helpful to young people and their futures.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Large companies should pay higher salaries to CEOs and executives compared to other workers.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Many believe that living in a city offers greater benefits compared to life in the countryside.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some claim that studying abroad has great benefits for a student’s home country.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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If a product is good and meets customer needs, then people will buy it and advertising is unnecessary.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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It is impossible to help all people around the world in need so governments should focus on people from their own country.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some people think that the best way to increase road safety is to increase the minimum legal age for driving cars and riding motorbikes.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Instead of requiring primary school students to do experiments themselves, schools should only alllow them to watch experiments demonstrated by teachers.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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All fathers should be entitled to time-off from work when their children are born.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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The growth of multinational companies and the resulting rise of globalization creates positive effects for all.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some people say it is more important to plant trees in the open spaces in towns and cities than to build more housing.

To what extant do you agree or disagree?

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Some believe it is important for cities and towns to invest heavily in building large outdoor public spaces.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Nowadays many people travel to foreign countries for pleasure. Some believe this travel has a negative impact on the countries travelled to.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some people say that all popular TV entertainment programmes should aim to educate viewers about important social issues.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

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To succeed in a business, one needs to know maths.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Computer games are very popular for all ages and nationalities. Parents think this has little educational value and it will be harmful for children.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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The first man to walk on the moon claimed it was a step forward for mankind. However, it has made little difference in most people’s lives.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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One of the most important issues facing the world today is a shortage of food and some think genetically modified foods are a possible solution.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Society is based on rules and laws. It could not function if individuals were free to do whatever they wanted to do.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some people think that the most important function of music is to help people relax.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Computers today can quickly and accurately translate languages, therefore, it is a waste of time to learn a foreign language.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some think that it is more important for children to engage in outdoor activities instead of playing videogames.

To what extent to you agree or disagree?

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Whether or not a person achieves their aims in life is mostly related to luck.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some people believe that family is more important than friends.

To what extent do you agree and disagree?

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Some people think that it is a waste of time for high school students to study literature, such as novels and poems.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Parents should take courses in parenting in order to improve the lives of their children.

To what extent do you agree?

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Nowadays nurses should not just be required to do basic training but they must have other qualities as well to do their jobs well.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Studies show that crime rates are lower among those with educational degrees. Therefore, the best way to reduce the crime rate is to educate criminals while they are still in prison.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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There are different customs in different countries related to how people eat, dress, and so on. Some think that people visiting a country should behave according to customs of the country they visit.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Read my essay here.

The internet means people do not need to travel to foreign countries to understand how others live.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Read my essay here.

Cooking at home is a waste of time because there are so many convenient fast food options that make life less stressful.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Read my essay here.

Some think the current generation should take steps to protect the environment for the next generation.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Read my essay here.

In many countries, traditional foods are being replaced by fast food. This has a negative impact on families, individuals and society.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Read my essay here.

Some educators believe that every child should be taught how to play a musical instrument.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some people believe that the government should spend more money putting in more works of art like paintings and statues in cities to make them better places to live in.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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When a person spends most of his or her time working a job with little job satisfaction, their life loses meaning.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Historical objects should be brought back to their country of origin.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Many people think technological devices such as smart phones, tablets and mobile phones bring more disadvantages than advantages.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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It is better for children if the whole family including aunts, uncles and so on are involved in a child’s upbringing, rather than just their parents.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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The government should lower the budget on the arts in order to allocate more money to education.

To what extent do you agree?

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Many today feel that most urgent problems can only be solved by international cooperation.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Although families have influence on a children’s development, factors outside the home play a bigger part in their lives nowadays.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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It is better to learn the way people lived in the past through films and video records than written documents.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Many people think that mobile phones should be banned in public places such as libraries, shops and public transport.

Do you agree or disagree?

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Some think that students must travel to another country in order to learn its language and customs.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Full-time university students spend a lot of time studying. Some say they should do other activities too.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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In the future, nobody will buy printed newspapers or books because they will be able to read everything they want online without paying.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

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Some feel that countries should produce most of the food that is eaten in their country and import as little as possible.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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In the future, people may have to live on other planets. Some think that it is therefore important to spend money researching other planets such as Mars.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Governments should spend more money on medical research and less on researching the environment.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Read my essay here.

After graduation many students take a year to travel. Some think that it would be more useful to work for a year.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Read my essay here.

Some feel that it is a waste of time to plan for the future and it is more important to focus on the present.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Read my essay here.

Some today argue that schools are no longer necessary because children can learn so much from the internet and be educated at home.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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In many schools and universities today, women have a tendency to study the humanities (such as the arts and languages) while men more often major in science related subjects. Some believe this tendency should be changed.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some believe that people will purchase a product based on their needs and advertising is not needed.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Read my essay here.

Many people believe that film is a less important art than other forms such as literature and painting.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Read my essay here.

There are severe social consequences to housing shortages in cities and only the government can solve these problems.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Read my essay here.

Watching a live performance such as a play, concert, or sporting event is more enjoyable than watching the same event on television.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Read my essay here.

Some people believe that smartphones are destroying social interaction today.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Throughout history, male leaders have led us into violence and conflict. If a society is governed by female leaders it will be more peaceful.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

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Many feel that students today should learn practical skills at school such as car maintenance and managing a bank account.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Many people think that it is better to get advice from old rather than young people.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some believe technology has made our lives too complex and the solution is to lead a simpler life without technology.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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One good way to promote world peace is through international sporting events.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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In the future it will become more difficult to live on Earth so more money should be spent researching how to live on other planets such as Mars.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some think that governments should tax unhealthy foods to encourage people to eat healthier.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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As well as making money, businesses also have a responsibility towards society.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Developing the economy will always damage the environment.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Too much money is wasted on repairing old buildings that should be used to knock them down and build new ones.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Many believe that the best way to ensure a happier society is to reduce the difference in income earnings between the rich and poor.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Extreme sports such as sky diving and skiing are very dangerous and should be banned.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this view?

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The crime rate nowadays is decreasing compared to the past due to advances in technology.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Read my essay here.

Many believe that individuals can do little to improve the environment. Only governments and large companies can make a real difference.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Read my essay here.

Many people believe that social networking sites (such as Facebook) have a huge negative impact on both individuals and society.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Read my essay here.

Some people think that it is better to build more public parks and sports facilities in new towns rather than shopping malls.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Students should be primarily taught academic subjects so that they can pass exams, and practical skills such as cooking should not be taught.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Read my essay here.

Some people think that the news media has become much more influential in people’s lives today and it is a negative development. Do you agree or disagree?

Read my essay here.

Many psychologists recommend that the best way to relieve stress is to do nothing at all for a period of time during the day.

Do you agree or disagree?

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People today often use the internet to learn about the culture of other countries. This means that it is not that important to travel to those countries.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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The most common solution for criminal behaviour is prison but many believe education is a better method.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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The job market today is very competitive and it is best to choose a career or field of study early in order to get a good job later in life.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some believe that because everyone needs a place to live, governments should provide houses for those who are too poor to afford their own.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some countries are struggling with increases in crime rates. Some believe that having more police on the streets is best way to reduce and combat crime.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Read my essay here.

Some people say that music is a good way of bringing people of different cultures and ages together.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

Read my essay here.

Some people believe that the best way to increase the road safety is to increase the minimum legal age for driving cars.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Read my essay here.

Some people believe that nowadays we have too many choices.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Read my essay here.

Living in a country where you have to speak a foreign language can cause serious social problems, as well as practical problems.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

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Traffic and housing problems in major cities could be solved by moving companies, factories and their employees to the countryside.

Do you agree or disagree?

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Museums and art galleries should focus on works that show the history and culture of their own country rather than works of other parts of the world.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Some people say that school children should be mainly taught about the literature (e.g fiction and poetry) of their own country because it is more important than that of other countries.

To what extent do you agree?

Read my essay here.

When designing a building, the most important factor is the intended use of the building rather than its outward appearance.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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Plastic shopping bags are used widely and cause many environmental problems. Some people say they should be banned.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Read my essay here.

Climate change is a phenomenon that affects countries all over the world. Many people strongly believe that it is the responsibility of individuals, rather than corporations and governments, to deal with this problem.

To what extent do you agree?

Read my essay here.


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