Logical Writing in IELTS Writing Task Two (4 of 10)


Logical Writing in IELTS Writing Task Two (4 of 10)

Well, here we go with the next of the IELTS ‘logic’ posts. Remember, in IELTS essays, one of the biggest problems is a lack of logical thinking, especially if you memorise material from the many IELTS ‘magic books’ out there. Always remember, IELTS Task-Two essays require a detailed and coherent argument. It must make sense! You need to have the ability to know what makes sense and what does not. Here are five more sentences, but each one has a logic issue. Can you see what it is?

Try to work out the logic problems with the following sentences.

  1. Smoking makes sad people calm.
  2. Giving people the death penalty will stop them committing crime again.
  3. Most crimes are on purpose.
  4. With the development of technology, people need more energy.
  5. Building a power plant is considerably costly.

The answers will be given in the next ‘logic’ post.

Answers to Logic (3 of 10)

  1. ‘Shooting’ = death. The writer is saying, ‘Death = death’.
  2. ‘If’ also means something may not happen. Everyone grows old. The student should write, ‘when young people grow older…’.
  3. We have another ‘tend to’ issue here. ‘Tend to’ means usually, but not always. Almost every adult in the world needs an occupation, right?
  4. This is a memorization issue. ‘It is clear’ is a favourite for Writing Task One. My books says never use it. This sentence shows one reason why not. Why is a single point of information in a complicated set of data ‘clear’?
  5. The government can increase the tax on cigarettes as much as they like, but it will have no effect on the smokers’ addiction problem. They will still want cigarettes – but may be unable to afford them.