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1. How to write a band 9 paragraph using “Firstly, Secondly, Finally” City life has several drawbacks. Firstly, the cost of living in a city is usually much higher than in a small town or village. Inhabitants of cities have to pay higher prices for housing, transport, and even food. Secondly, urban areas tend to suffer from social problems such as high crime and poverty rates in comparison with rural areas. Finally, the air quality in cities is often poor, due to pollution from traffic, and the streets and public transport systems are usually overcrowded. As a result, city life can be unhealthy and stressful. (93 words)

2. Introductions Task 1: paraphrase the question Task 2: topic + answer

Example IELTS Writing Task 1 question: The graph below shows the proportion of the population aged 65 and over between 1940 and 2040 in three different countries. My introduction: The line graph compares the percentage of people aged 65 or more in three countries over a period of 100 years.

Example IELTS Writing Task 2 question: As computers are being used more and more in education, there will soon be no role for the teacher in the classroom. To what extent do you agree or disagree? My introduction: It is certainly true that computers have become an essential tool for teachers and students in all areas of education. However, while computers are extremely useful, I do not agree with the idea that they could soon replace teachers completely.

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