IELTS Task 2, November 2017: Most Important Things in Life.

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Some people think that most important things in life are free and cannot be bought. To what extent do you agree?

40 minutes, 250 words.


Please note the underlined collocation and linking words.

Introduction: (Introduce the topic with a general sentence and STATE your opinion. MENTION the reasons supporting your opinion. EXPLAIN them in the body paragraphs.)

The most important things in life for the survival of human race are water, air, food, and social affinity. I strongly believe that these things are free and cannot be purchased with money since these are available in abundance in nature and, unless polluted or corrupted, are good for consumption. (50 words.)

Body Paragraph 1: (Abundant in nature)

The nature has bestowed free and pure air, portable water, and edible food on every living organism. Tribals, for instance, live in natural state and do not accumulate goods for future consumption. They gather water from rivers, inhale fresh air of forests, and eat food from wild plants and trees (not the Rules of Parallelism in this sentence.). They do not have to pay taxes or purchase vehicles and homes. Wood for house construction is available freely in the nature. Even in urban areas air is available for free though we have to purchase clean water since natural water cannot be consumed due to pollution from anthropogenic activities. (100 words.)

Body Paragraph 2: (Social Affinity)

Moreover, humans are social creatures who need company and acceptance of others to survive. This is a necessity that is available without any cost. We make friends and spend time with family since it is a need. This activity does not require any financial dealing but only our time and no amount of money can purchase a family or friends. For instance, Human Happiness Index, a measure of human happiness developed by the World Bank (this is a modifier), found that people with lower income and those living in poor countries are often more happy than rich (More X Than Y) and those living in developed countries. The index revealed that this is primarily due to strong social relations that do not require any monetary spending. (118 words.)


In conclusion, the natural and social elements that are required for human survival are freely available and do not cost a dime. To live a peaceful and satisfying life we do not need material possessions such as phones and vehicles but love, care and affection of friends and family along with clean air and fresh water (Not X But Y)(56 words.)

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