IELTS Task 2: The 2 Topic Sentences you MUST know!

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The 2 Topic Sentences you MUST know!

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Hi I am Ben Adams, and this is IELTS7.guru.

Today I’m going to talk to you about Topic Sentences!

Topic Sentences are one of the most important things to learn to write about in the IELTS Task 2 Essay.

You need topic sentences to do well in the IELTS Task 2 Writing.

1. What are topic sentences?

Usually, a Topic Sentence is the first sentence in a body paragraph.

Here is another one.

And another.

So, you see there are many different kinds of topic sentences, but every great topic sentence does one thing really really well.

A great topic sentence clearly summarizes the main point in your paragraph!
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2. Why are topic sentences important?

“OK,” you say, “that’s nice. But why should should I worry about topic sentences in my IELTS Task 2 Essays?”.

There are 4 reasons why you should be practicing your topic sentences!
1. This is a chance to write correct complex sentences
2. This is a chance to write different kinds of complex sentences
3. It will help you answer the question more directly.
4. It will help you write faster.

Let me explain.

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    Topic sentences make your writing more accurate.

    One of the key differences between a 6 and a 7 is sentence accuracy. To get a 7 in grammar you need to show frequent correct sentences.

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    Topic sentences make your writing more varied

    Another key difference between a 6 and a 7 is sentence variety (also called “range”). If you can easily write more than one kind of complex sentence in your topic sentences, it will bring you closer to getting a 7 in the grammar section.

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    Topic sentences makes your writing more organized

    Topic sentences also help you organize your answer so that one paragraph deals with one part of the question. (We will talk about this more another time).

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    Topic sentences make you write faster

    Finally, having two more sentence patterns you can easily use increases your writing speed. This is because if you practice your sentence patterns, you don’t need to think much. All you need to do is put the correct words in the correct spaces.

3. Two Kinds of topic sentences.

So, to help you achieve these 4 points, I will show you two really useful sentence patterns. (Now of course there are more ways than this, but you really need to master this first.)

The first is the there sentence.

The second is the have sentence.

We go over this and give you some more sentence patterns and language practice and lots more in our IELTS Task 2 Writing Course that we are developing, but right now just focus on using these two sentences well.

Question
All around the world it is increasingly common for people to live alone.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?

Topic Sentences

1. First of all, there are several benefits of living by yourself.

2. However, it has some problems too.

Sentence Breakdown

the there sentence:

There + are + number + benefits + of + something.

Something + has/have + number + benefits.

number = a number of, several, many, two…

benefits = positives, drawbacks, advantages…

something OR v-ing something = working hard, learning English

4. Your turn!

You can use these basic topic sentences with nearly any essay type!

Write 2 topic sentences for the following question:

Practice Question
Countries should limit the amount of foreign movies, TV shows, and music so they can promote their own cultures.

What extent do you agree or disagree?

Write them in the comments below, and I will let you know how you did!

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19 Comments on “IELTS Task 2: The 2 Topic Sentences you MUST know!”

  1. Countries should limit the amount of foreign movies, TV shows, and music so they can promote their own cultures.
    What extent do you agree or disagree?

    how do i write the topic sentence for this. I dont follow your plan,

    1. Hi Gaby, you could write something like this:

      Recently, many governments have been concerned about the foreign media in their countries. The question is, is it acceptable to limit foreign media in order to protect their local cultures?

  2. First of all, limiting foreign films , tv shows and music benefits in some ways to the local culture of a country.

    However, it has some problems too.

    1. Hi Jay, good effort. You just need to tidy up your first sentence a bit:

      You wrote:
      “First of all, limiting foreign films , tv shows and music benefits in some ways to the local culture of a country.”

      Change it to:
      “First of all, limiting foreign media benefits to the local culture of a country in several ways.”

  3. First of all, limiting the amount of foreign movies, TV shows, and music disconnects the local people from a variety of cultures being followed by people around the world.

  4. While countries should limit the amount of foreign movies, TV shows, and music so they can promote their own cultures. It is another important aspect to show case informative foreign media shows in order to allow people to be familiar with the world around them.

  5. 1. Some people believe that foreign movies, TV shows and music can have a positive effects on the community.
    2. On the other hand, many argue that foreign media has several negative impacts on peoples way of living .

  6. Recently,many countries believe that restricting foreign movies,TV shows and music,can encourage their civilization.

  7. In order to protect their own culture, it is necessary for the countries to minimise the values of foreign entertainment programs.

  8. To start with, there are a number of benefits of reducing foreign programmes.

    Notwithstanding, it has some shortcomings too.

    1. Try not to use “notwithstanding” it is better to use any contrasting phrase: “That said,” “However,”. Or you could even use an adverb like “Unfortunately,” –> Unfortunately, it has some some shortcomings too.

  9. Firstly , there many advantage reasons of limiting the entertainments media like ( tv showes , movies and songs ) by the countries , for the purpose to keep the society not forgetting there traditional and local art production , and too keep the original Art cultural save in the new generation minds .
    In the other hand the countries must prepare and interest about showing the other forign entertaiments productions for improve the knowledge and show the cultures and ability of art production of other nations ,

    1. You need to make your topic sentences A LOT shorter and simpler. Remember, don’t say too much. Use your other ideas to introduce your main points and to develop them inside the paragraph.

    1. Your topic sentences should be simpler. Put more detailed information in your actual paragraph as main ideas. See the example:

      –> First of all, foreign movies, TV shows and music have a number of benefits.
      One positive is, it enriches our knowledge about the world. Take for example other people’s cultures.

  10. There are many effects on local culture when allowing foreign entertainment into the country.

    ben ur views please…thanks

    1. This is OK, but it is better to put the cause before the effect. This is generally more logical because you will write about the effects in the paragraph. So, it should be:
      Allowing foreign entertainment into the country has many effects on local culture.

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