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Wednesday, December 07, 2016


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Thank you, teacher
You have made my mind clear about this topic that came to me so difficult beforehand.


I highlighted some key phrases here:
agree that enjoyment seems to be the priority during festival times, not agree that people have forgotten what these festivals mean.
In the UK, Christmas as a holiday, non-religious festivals: Bonfire Night - enjoyment is people's primary goal
disagree with the idea that the underlying meaning of such festivals has been forgotten: children learn in detail about the religious reasons, sing Christmas songs, perform nativity plays
In conclusion, although people mainly want to enjoy themselves during festivals, I believe that they are still aware of the reasons for these celebrations

treat them as opportunities to have fun

have certainly become times for celebration

people are most concerned with

look forward to

practise religion

People associate this occasion with

underlying meaning

perform nativity plays

passing knowledge of

on to the next generation

stories behind these occasions

Hi Simon,

Thank you for sharing Band 9 exemplary essays on your site. I find them very helpful as it gives me a general idea what they might look like :)

Hi sir,

I think that this essay is well written due to its strong arguments, specific examples and clear, organised format. The vocabulary is rich and there is no grammar errors, at least not that i am aware off.

Hoang and hakader,

It's good to see people making vocabulary lists from one of my essays!

I'll write my own list of "less common" phrases from the above essay, and I'll share it in this Sunday's blog lesson.



You're exactly right!

Hi simon if the question is like do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages
Do we need to present the ideas for both
Or if we support that the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages,we can present the ideas of advantages in the whole essay and provide the conclusion ?


First of all, I have to say that this essay was well written with clear point, relevant vocabulary and outstanding structure. That is the reasons of its remarkable high score, a band 9.

About the vocabulary, I find various helpful words and phrases related to festivals such as original meaning, time for celebrations, occasion, religious content, nativity plays and so on.
About the structure, He used proper linking words and phrases. For example, on the other hand, in other words, however and in conclusion for starting, conveying and briefing his ideas. Moreover, examples for explaining further those ideas were also delivered smoothly by using "a good example", "similar behaviour" and "the same is true for".

Thank you for this helpful essay.

I think that the key areas for this writing task to have a bond score of 9 are as follows:

1.INTRODUCTION - The main topic was clearly presented through thesis statement and the same is true for the argument discussion.

2. BODY - There are TWO views that were presented. In the second paragraph, which is the first argument, the main topic sentence is introduced and followed up with an example and then a supporting sentence was made to further elaborate the example of the main topic sentence. This has similar behavior with the third paragraph, which presents the second argument. However, the style in presenting the argument was different. First, they introduce a main topic sentence and then a supporting sentence and finally a very good example. Notice that after giving the example, they provided another supporting sentence for the example.

3. CONCLUSION - They provided a clear statement on their stance in the introduction part of the essay.

a. Very rich in using an array of vocabulary.
b. Grammars and verb tenses are perfectly used.
c. Good use of linking words, prepositions, and subordinating conjunctions.


Hi Simon
It's my first time to leave message here.
I would like to say thank you because the essays you shared here finally help me to improve my writing from score 5.5 to 7.

After enrolling many cram schools, teachers usually ask us not to write the "balanced opinion" while facing the positive or negative questions.
Now I knew this suggestion is not completely true, the most important thing in the essay is your ideas.

Even though I didn't got the score I want this time, it's truly a great improvement for me.



Dear Simon,

Some say there's no difference between “to what extent do you agree/disagree” and “do you agree or disagree” questions. Is it true? I'm mildly amused why they need to use different wording if they're both the same!

Thanks in advance for your time.

No problem Carina. I'm glad my lessons are helping!



I don't treat those questions differently either. You can either agree, disagree, or partly agree for either of them.

Hi Simon,

Thank you for your helpfu essay!

May I have a question? May I change "Some people argue that" to "It is argued that" because I remember you mentioned from your video in the opinion essay we should't say "some people" or "most ppl say that", we just mention about our opinion. Could you pls help me to understand it more clearly? Thank you!

Dear Simon,
I have a question.You had used traditional and religous festival in UK to clarify your points
such as:
In UK primary schools, children learn in detail about the religious reasons for celebrating Christmas, Easter and a variety of festivals in other religions.

Since i'm not taking the exam in the UK. Do you think i could use my own culture for the example or the fact to add in the essay.
Thank you very much

Hi Simon,

In the introduction, why dont we use 'do not' to replace 'no longer'?

The word 'no longer' whether is academic usage or not?

hi simon thank u i just had treated this text and im trynig to re summary bu my own

Hi! I´m new member of website. Your writting is really excellent,the stutures are simple but good present.

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