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How to write an essay?


An essay is another long text that can appear on a B1 level certificate.
An essay is nothing more than your opinion on a topic. Another name for this genre in exam tasks is essay or school dissertation. Your essay for the certificate should be 170 words long and as always, when writing any text, you have to remember about composition.

An essay, just like a review or a short story, should have an introduction, a development and a conclusion. I will show you below a sample essay on the topic "Holiday at Home". Before you start writing, take a moment and think about this: vacation at home....? What comes to your mind? What do other people usually think or say about this topic? Is vacationing at home a positive thing or a negative thing? What could be the pluses? What could be the downsides? From what perspective can you look at this problem? What is your opinion on this topic?

 

Vacation at home - an introduction


Once you know more or less what you think about vacations at home and what other people might think about it, you can write an introduction. The introduction should be general, an introduction to the topic. A sample introduction might look like this:

Many people think that vacations at home are boring. For example, all my friends prefer to go somewhere for a vacation or vacation, to another city or country. However, I believe that vacations at home do not have to be boring. Moreover, they can be as interesting as going abroad.

 

Vacation at home - expansion


After such an introduction, we can move on to the development. We have already essays websites that, in our opinion, vacations at home do not have to be boring, so now we should explain why we think so. And at this point it is good to plan more precisely what we want to write. For example, we want to write that 1) vacations at home are cheap 2) vacations at home are time for yourself 3) vacations at home are a chance to explore your neighborhood. Of course, in our essay we won't write numbers, but we will use some constructions, e.g. first, second, third; from one side, from the other side, etc. See how it can look like:

Firstly, a vacation at home is definitely cheaper than a vacation abroad or in another city. We don't have to pay for accommodation or transportation. Of course, we buy food, but we eat all year round after all. Vacationing at home is a good opportunity to save money.

Secondly, when we vacation at home, we can do things that we usually don't have time for. When we work or go to school or university, we can't always go to yoga or a language course, for example. So a vacation at home is a great opportunity to do something for ourselves.

Thirdly, sometimes it is worth giving up a long journey and getting to know your surroundings. Do we really know all the parks in our city? Do we know who built the Town Hall or how old is that colorful tenement house in the Market Square? Vacations at home are a great opportunity to get to know your city better.

 

Vacation at home - the end


We have already written our opinion about vacations at home in the expansion, our expansion has a nice three-part composition, so now it is time to conclude. See how the essay can be summed up:

In conclusion, vacations at home definitely don't have to be boring. Sometimes it is good to stay at home and thus have more money, more time and learn something about your neighborhood and your city.

Now let's count the words in our essay. Our essay is 217 words, that's way too many! So we have to shorten our text to not lose points!

 

Vacation at home - the whole thing, after deleting some sentences


As you saw above, my essay had too many words. So I crossed out some sentences and fragments and now the essayshark review has 188 words. Not perfect yet, but definitely better already. Check it out:

Many people think that vacations at home are boring. For example, all my friends prefer to go somewhere for vacation or vacation, to another city or country. However, I believe that vacations at home do not have to be boring. What's more, they can be as interesting as going abroad.

First of all, vacations at home are definitely cheaper than vacations abroad or in another city. We do not have to pay for accommodation or transportation. Of course, we buy food, but we eat all year round after all. Vacationing at home is a good opportunity to save money.

Secondly, when we vacation at home, we can do things that we usually don't have time for. When we work or go to school or university, we can't always go to yoga or a language course, for example. So a vacation at home is a great opportunity to do something for ourselves.

Thirdly, sometimes it is worth giving up a long journey and getting to know your surroundings. Do we really know all the parks in our city? Do we know who built the Town Hall or how old is that colorful tenement house in the Market Square? A vacation at home is a great opportunity to get to know your city better.

In conclusion, vacations at home definitely don't have to be boring. Sometimes it is good to stay at home and thus have more money, more time and learn something about your neighborhood and your city.

To sum up - when writing an essay, make short notes for yourself first and collect all ideas. Remember about composition and expressions characteristic for this genre, e.g. in my opinion, first, second, on the one hand, on the other hand, summarizing. And count your words so you don't exceed 170 words!

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