IELTS Task 2 January 2018: Human Tendency to Copy.

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The tendency of human beings to copy one another is increasing in popularity. Is this a positive or a negative development? What can be done about it?

40 minutes, 250 words at least.


This question seems to be open ended. However, it asks for the writer’s opinion under “Is this a positive or a negative development?” Before writing the answer, brainstorm the direction in which you wish to take it.

Introduction: (Introduce the topic and MENTION whether this is a positive or a negative development with REASONS.)

Imitating one another is an innate human tendency and this has played a vital role in human evolution. I strongly believe that the increasing tendency of copying other humans is beneficial since it increases the reach of the original work to hitherto unreachable places and reduces the price for those who can’t afford the original work. (Two benefits clearly mentioned.)

Body Paragraph 1: (EXPLAIN the reasons mentioned above)

Though developing an original work is time-consuming and copying it violates certain rights of the creator, this helps the society as a whole. Copying enables people to create cheaper versions of the work and this increases its accessibility for everyone. For instance, Mona Lisa, which was painted by Lionardo da Vinci in the 16th century, has been copied by thousands of artists and this had enabled the common citizens to purchase an imitation of the masterpiece.

Body Paragraph 2: (EXPLAIN the reasons mentioned in the introduction)

Moreover, copying the formulations of medicines helps create cheaper versions of patented costly ones. Though this is a violation of patents and may lead to lawsuits at international courts, this has saved lives of millions of poor people who can’t afford the costly medicines. For example, the World Health Organisation has recently claimed in its report that copied versions of patented drugs for cancer have saved lives of more than a million people in India who could not afford the costly global ones.

Conclusion: (What can be done about it?)

In conclusion, the increasing tendency of copying has made the earth a better place live. Though it has violated rights of a few rich global companies, it has brought happiness to the lives of millions of poor people. This tendency, however, needs to be monitored under strict regulation since excessive copying will prevent talented individuals from creating innovative products and this may slow down the march of human civilization.

Words = 285.

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