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WRITING AN OPINION PARAGRAPH

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Expressing Opinions
An opinion
a thought or belief about something or someone

(Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary)

Writing an Opinion Paragraph


Take a stand on the give topic Have an opinion Choose either agree or disagree

Organization
A topic sentence (showing whether you agree or

disagree with a topic)

Reasons and supporting details (examples or evidence

to show your agreement or disagreement)

A concluding sentence (summarizing the main reasons

or restating the topic sentence in different words)

Sentence structures and transition signals


For the introduction / a topic sentence I agree/disagree that S+V I agree/disagree withforreasons I am for/against the idea that S+V There arereasons whyS+V

Cont
For the reasons (Transition signals, Sequence markers, Sentence connectors)
The first (second, third) reason is Another reason is First

(Firstly), / Second (Secondly), / Third (Thirdly), Moreover, / Furthermore, / In addition, / Also, Finally, / Lastly, The final / last reason is

Cont
For the conclusion
In conclusion, In Summary, To sum up, To conclude, In short, In brief,

Cont
Optional useful expressions for giving opinions
I believe/feel/think that I strongly/firmly believe that I am convinced/certain that

It seems to me that
My opinion is that

In my opinion,/In my point of view,/In my view,

The way I see it,

As far as I am concerned,

Sample Paragraph
The topic

Lotteries should be banned.

Lotteries should be banned.


I agree that S+V
I completely agree that S+V I completely agree that lotteries should be

banned.

Lotteries should be banned.

Lotteries should be banned.


Firstly, S+V
In addition, S+V Finally, S+V

Lotteries should be banned.


Firstly, in my opinion , S+V

In addition, I think S+V


Finally, in my point of view , S+V
Optional useful expressions for giving opinions I believe/feel/think that I strongly/firmly believe that I am convinced/certain that It seems to me that My opinion is that In my opinion,/In my point of view,/In my view, The way I see it,

As far as I am concerned,

Lotteries should be banned.


REASONS

Waste of money

Lottery addiction Not really a good chance to make money

Lotteries should be banned.


REASONS
Lotteries are a waste of money. Playing the lottery is very addictive. Lotteries are not really a good chance to make

money.

Lotteries should be banned.

Waste of money

Less money to buy things

REASONS Lotteries are a waste of money

Lotteries should be banned.


REASONS + SUPPORTING DETAILS
Lotteries are a waste of money. - Every time we buy a lottery ticket, we have

less money to buy things we need such as food or medicine.

Lotteries should be banned.


Lottery addicition Not win? Need more ticktets

REASONS Playing the lottery is very addictive.

Lotteries should be banned.


REASONS + SUPPORTING DETAILS
Playing the lottery is very addictive.

- When we buy a lottery ticket, but do not win, we may want to buy more and more tickets.

Lotteries should be banned.


Not really a good chance to make money Depend on luck only

REASONS Lotteries are not really a good chance to make money.

Lotteries should be banned.


REASONS + SUPPORTING DETAILS
Lotteries are not really a good chance to make

money. - We cannot use our skills or abilities to win the lottery. The only thing we can depend on is luck.

Lotteries should be banned.


Firstly , in my opinion, lotteries are a waste of money. Every

time we buy a lottery ticket, we have less money to buy things we need such as food or medicine.

In addition , I think playing the lottery is very addictive.

When we buy a lottery ticket, but do not win, we may want to buy more and more tickets.

Finally , in my point of view, lotteries are not really a good

chance to make money. We cannot use our skills or abilities to win the lottery. The only thing we can depend on is luck.

Transition signals, Sequence markers, Sentence Connectors

Lotteries should be banned.


Firstly, in my opinion , lotteries are a waste of money. Every

time we buy a lottery ticket, we have less money to buy things we need such as food or medicine.

In addition, I think playing the lottery is very addictive.

When we buy a lottery ticket, but do not win, we may want to buy more and more tickets.

Finally, in my point of view , lotteries are not really a good

chance to make money. We cannot use our skills or abilities to win the lottery. The only thing we can depend on is luck.

Useful expressions for giving opinions

Lotteries should be banned.


Firstly, in my opinion, lotteries are a waste of money . Every

time we buy a lottery ticket, we have less money to buy things we need such as food or medicine.

In addition, I think playing the lottery is very addictive .

When we buy a lottery ticket, but do not win, we may want to buy more and more tickets.

Finally, in my point of view, lotteries are not really a good

chance to make money . We cannot use our skills or abilities to win the lottery. The only thing we can depend on is luck. Reasons

Reasons

Lotteries should be banned.


Firstly, in my opinion, lotteries are a waste of money. Every

time we buy a lottery ticket, we have less money to buy things we need such as food or medicine.

In addition, I think playing the lottery is very addictive.

When we buy a lottery ticket, but do not win, we may want to buy more and more tickets.

Finally, in my point of view, lotteries are not really a good

chance to make money. We cannot use our skills or abilities to win the lottery. The only thing we can depend on is luck.

Supporting details

Lotteries should be banned.


I completely agree that lotteries should be banned. Firstly, in my opinion, lotteries are a waste of money. Every time we buy a lottery ticket, we have less money to buy things we need such as food or medicine.
In addition, I think playing the lottery is very addictive.

When we buy a lottery ticket, but do not win, we may want to buy more and more tickets.

Finally, in my point of view, lotteries are not really a good

chance to make money. We cannot use our skills or abilities to win the lottery. The only thing we can depend on is luck.

Topic sentence

Lotteries should be banned.


To sum up, for these reasons,

Lotteries should be banned.


To sum up, for these reasons, I believe that ,

Lotteries should be banned.


I completely agree that lotteries should be banned. Firstly, in my opinion, lotteries are a waste of money. Every

time we buy a lottery ticket, we have less money to buy things we need such as food or medicine. In addition, I think playing the lottery is very addictive. When we buy a lottery ticket, but do not win, we may want to buy more and more tickets. Finally, in my point of view, lotteries are not really a good chance to make money. We cannot use our skills or abilities to win the lottery. The only thing we can depend on is luck. To sum up, for these reasons, I believe that banning lotteries is a good idea.

Concluding sentence

Lotteries should be banned.


I completely agree that lotteries should be banned.

Firstly, in my opinion, lotteries are a waste of money. Every time we buy a lottery ticket, we have less money to buy things we need such as food or medicine. In addition, I think playing the lottery is very addictive. When we buy a lottery ticket, but do not win, we may want to buy more and more tickets. Finally, in my point of view, lotteries are not really a good chance to make money. We cannot use our skills or abilities to win the lottery. The only thing we can depend on is luck. To sum up, for these reasons, I believe that banning lotteries is good idea.

Lotteries should be banned.


I completely agree that lotteries should be banned.

Firstly, in my opinion, lotteries are a waste of money. Every time we buy a lottery ticket, we have less money to buy things we need such as food or medicine. In addition, I think playing the lottery is very addictive. When we buy a lottery ticket, but do not win, we may want to buy more and more tickets. Finally, in my point of view, lotteries are not really a good chance to make money. We cannot use our skills or abilities to win the lottery. The only thing we can depend on is luck. To sum up, for these reasons, I believe that banning lotteries is good idea.

Lotteries should be banned.


I completely agree that lotteries should be banned.

Firstly, in my opinion, lotteries are a waste of money. Every time we buy a lottery ticket, we have less money to buy things we need such as food or medicine. In addition, I think playing the lottery is very addictive. When we buy a lottery ticket, but do not win, we may want to buy more and more tickets. Finally, in my point of view, lotteries are not really a good chance to make money. We cannot use our skills or abilities to win the lottery. The only thing we can depend on is luck. To sum up, for these reasons, I believe that banning lotteries is good idea.

Lotteries should be banned.


I completely agree that lotteries should be banned.

Firstly, in my opinion, lotteries are a waste of money. Every time we buy a lottery ticket, we have less money to buy things we need such as food or medicine. In addition, I think playing the lottery is very addictive. When we buy a lottery ticket, but do not win, we may want to buy more and more tickets. Finally, in my point of view, lotteries are not really a good chance to make money. We cannot use our skills or abilities to win the lottery. The only thing we can depend on is luck. To sum up, for these reasons, I believe that banning lotteries is good idea.