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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
QuestionAll around the world it is increasingly common for people to live alone.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?
1. First of all, there are several benefits of living by yourself.
2. However, it has some problems too.
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 QuestionCountries 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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