Giving examples in Task 2 IELTS writing

In Task 2 writing, you are required to give examples to support and develop your point of view. Here are some of the points to consider when writing your Task 2 essay.

Giving examples in Task 2Avoid being overly personal

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Bad example:
There are many reasons to argue that certain professions are underpaid. For example, my friend is a nurse and he has to work very long hours so I don’t get much time to see him, but when he does have some free time he can’t afford to do very much because of his low wages.

Good example:
There are many reasons to argue that certain professions are underpaid. For example, nurses are often required to work long hours leaving them little time for socialising, and even during their leisure time they are often limited by low wages.

Avoid being excessive

Bad example:
Obesity has become an increasing problem over recent years, largely due to diet. To illustrate, 90% of children drink at least 10 sugary drinks a day, in addition to meals that are often artificially sweetened such as breakfast cereals which have 100 times more sugar than needed.

Good example:
Obesity has become an increasing problem over recent years, largely due to diet. To illustrate, a large number of children drink multiple sugary drinks a day, in addition to meals that are often artificially sweetened such as breakfast cereals containing excess sugar.

It doesn’t have to be true!

When looking for examples to support your points, you can refer to ‘studies’ or ‘research’ that may not be true, so long as it happens the appearance of being true and is not (as mentioned above) overly excessive.

For example:
The overuse of technology is also having a significant impact on our ability to socialise in a face to face environment. A recent Harvard study indicated that most people now spend less than half the amount of time talking directly to people compared to just 10 years ago, attributing this change to our focus on mobile devices in public places such as waiting for a bus or even walking along the street.

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