What Is a Friend?

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Name: Phạm Thiên Phú
Date: 29 April, 2010
Word count: 328
Assignment: What do you want most in a friend: someone who is intelligent, or someone who has a sense of humor, or someone who is reliable? Which one of these characteristics is most important to you? Use reasons and specific examples to explain your choice.

There are many factors in a friend that you want. But to me, the most important characteristic of my friend is the one who is reliable. He will be the one that I can trust and share everything with.

First of all, reliable, or you can say faithful and trusty, is very vital for every relationship, especially friendship. A trusty friend is who you can confide your affairs with. Can you imagine that you tell your secret with a friend in the morning and then in the afternoon the whole school knows that? Well, this is not a secret anymore. Besides the humiliation, you will be very regretful that you did not choose a reliable friend. Now you can see how important that finding a reliable friend is.

Secondly, a reliable friend is the one who can depend on. “A friend in need is a friend indeed”. When you have troubles, the one who can deeply understand your problems would be your reliable friend. Because he is at your age, so he can know how to solve your issues - well, maybe not all of your issues, but nearly the most. He is not only the one who can hear you, but also the one who can understand your stuffs. When you confide something, he would listen to you and give you some advices. So, you two can discuss and find a solution. When all was well, “Thank you, my friend” is just enough and you do not need to think how to pay back your friend because it is not necessary. And that is why I want my friend to be reliable.

Friends are very necessary for you in life. Reliable is the most important characteristic I consider when making friend because this is the one who is trusted and you can depend on. If two friends are reliable to each other, it will...
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