IELTS Writing Task 2 #245

Tips for IELTS Writing

For IELTS Writing Task 1, look for samples of graphs, charts and diagrams, and practise analysing the information. You can do this in your own language; the important thing is that you are able to process visual information both accurately and quickly. Then practise summarising the information in English.

For IELTS Writing Task 2, read articles from a wide range of suitable sources and subject matter. In addition, practise writing essays according to the process suggested in the site. While practising for both tasks, impose a time limit on yourself so that you get used to writing quickly, and have enough time left to check your essay. Also, pay attention to your handwriting. Ask other people to tell you if it is legible, and practise letter formation to improve your handwriting.

Manage your time effectively. Don't spend all your time writing. Allow sufficient time to read the rubrics and, for Task 1, to analyse the visual. Also allow time to check and correct your writing afterwards.

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Some people feel that the legal age at which people can marry should be at least 21.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Model answer

It is widely agreed that a happy and stable relationship in marriage is the bedrock of any community, with a greater likelihood of responsible partners, and if children result, harmonious family. Because of this, it is important to support the institution of marriage in every way possible. One important question in relation to this is: at what age should couples be allowed to marry?

There are a number of reasons for making the minimum age for matrimony as late as possible. Many would argue that people in their 20s are able to make such more rational decisions than teenagers can. Older people might have seen enough of the world to know that the feelings that they hold for someone at a given moment may not last. They will realise that superficial characteristics like physical beauty and sporting prowess may not be the only ones to bring happiness in a relationship. Older couples are likely to give more consideration to issues such as income and job prospects, but also to less obvious but important personality traits such as tolerance, kindness or moral strength.

However, other people contend that it is unrealistic to make couples wait until their 20s before marrying. They suggest that as soon as the boy and the girl reached puberty they should be allowed to marry. To prevent they doing so would result in resentment between the generations, frustration and an increase in the number of unsupported pregnancies. If married teenagers are given enough help to support, they can have children when they are young and healthy enough to enjoy them.

Considering both this sets of arguments, I feel that 21 is probably too old but that 18 should be made the legal minimum at which couples can marry.

(291 words)

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