AN OPINION COMPOSITION
When you are writing an essay that asks you to discuss a topic or give your opinion on a question, it is important to organize your thoughts and present your arguments clearly and to work out the structure of your essay before you start to write.
1. Plan four or five paragraphs:
an introduction (saying why it is important, what the situation is...)
two or three paragraphs in support of the argument/ giving a contrasting or different view (with reasons)
a conclusion (a summary of your opinion or interpretation of the facts)
List your reasons “for” or “against” before you start writing
Back up your reasons with clear examples.
Use connectors to introduce the different ideas and arguments in your essay.
Use a formal style: do not use contractions or very colloquial expressions.
a) Read the following composition and fill in the blanks with a word or expression from the list: furthermore recently
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“Genetic engineering brings with it more dangers than benefits and should be banned worldwide”. Discuss.
_________________ (1) , advances in science have demonstrated to us that things that once seemed possible only in science fiction could become a reality. The cloning of a sheep brought the possibility of using genetic engineering to create new organs, or even whole human beings, one step closer.
Some people consider this to be a dangerous development, and believe that all that research should be banned. Interfering with nature in this way could bring with it dangers that none of us can imagine. We have no idea how an artificially-created person might behave, or indeed how he or she might suffer. ________________ (2), we may find ourselves in a position which we do not like, but which we are unable to reverse.
_________________ (3), many people would say that it is not for human beings to decide what other human beings should be like. It is not only people with