How to develop your ideas in Writing Task 2

One of the biggest challenges in Writing Task 2 is knowing how to develop your ideas.


If you don't fully develop your main idea in each body paragraph, you won't get a high score for Task Response.


Luckily, there are two easy ways to develop your main ideas:


  1. Give an explanation.

  2. Give an example.


HOW TO GIVE A GOOD EXPLANATION


When writing your body paragraphs, do this:

  • Imagine that you are talking directly to the examiner.

  • Imagine that the examiner wants to understand your main idea better.

  • Imagine that they ask you a follow up question, e.g. Why? How? So what?

  • Answer one of those questions.

Just make sure that you choose the best question to really help the examiner understand your main idea.


WATCH HOW I USE THIS TECHNIQUE IN THE FOLLOWING ESSAY:


Some people think dogs make better pets than cats. To what extent do you agree or disagree?


INTRODUCTION

Many people prefer dogs to cats when it comes to choosing a pet. I personally think dogs make much better pets than cats, for reasons that will be explored in the following paragraphs.


BODY PARAGRAPH

(MAIN IDEA)The main reason why I think dogs are preferable to cats is that dogs can provide one's home with an extra level of security. (WHY?)This is because some dogs are much bigger and have been bred over centuries to be more territorial than cats. They also have a loud bark that can act as an alarm. (SO WHAT?)This can provide people living in dangerous neighbourhoods with peace of mind, as they know burglers will be less likely to trespass on their property.


And that's it! Now we have a fully developed body paragraph.


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