Opinion essays are pieces of writing in which we present our personal opinions on a particular topic. We normally write five paragraphs. In the first paragraph, we introduce the topic and state our opinion clearly.
In the second and third paragraphs, we write our viewpoints supported by examples or reasons. Each paragraph presents a different viewpoint.
In the fourth paragraph, we write the opposing viewpoint supported by examples and reasons. In the last paragraph, we restart our opinion using different words.
We normally use present tenses and formal language in opinion essays. We do not use colloquial expressions, short forms or personal examples. We use appropriate linkers to list our viewpoint.
Useful expressions for giving opinions I believe/ think/ feel that … I strongly believe that … In my opinion/ view, … It seems/ appears to me that … To my mind, … I (do not) agree that/ with … The way I see it, … My opinion is that… As far as I am concerned, … I am totally against … I (strongly) disagree that/ with
Task 1. Read the topic sentences and suggest suitable supporting sentences, as in the example. 1. Computers play an important role in our life. For instance, we use them at home and at work for business and for pleasure.
2. Taking part in team sports can be beneficial for children. 3. Learning a foreign language can be rewarding. 4. People spend too much time and money on fashion. 5. Having a car has many advantages.
Task 2. You have had a class discussion about the following statement: E-learning is a way to improve our educational system. Now write an essay expressing your opinion and giving reasons for your point of view. Use the plan below.
Plan Introduction Para 1 introduce subject and state your opinion Main body Para 2 first viewpoint and reasons/ examples Para 3 second viewpoint and reasons/ examples Para 4 opposing viewpoint and reasons/ examples Conclusion Para 5 restate your opinion using different words