Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Do you have enough vocabulary to paraphrase the most common Task 2 words?

The good news is that IELTS does repeat its instructions. That’s why all IELTS teachers and textbooks focus on only 3 essays.

If the question asks you if you agree or disagree, or about the advantages and disadvantages, or if it tells you to discuss both sides, you should write an argument essay.

If the question only asks for your opinion, most teachers tell you to write an opinion essay. However, my advice is that you always write an argument essay, that way you cover everything mentioned in the question. You must do this to score highly in Task Response.

So, write about one opinion in paragraph 2, and express your opinion in paragraph 3.

Rarely, there is a problem-solution question on the IELTS exam. This question asks you about solutions and causes/effects.

These days, mixed questions are becoming more common. These require you to write a mix of the above mentioned essays. Don’t be baffled by these, as many candidates are every Saturday! Listen to this episode for the right strategy for IELTS Task 2 mixed questions.

So, there are some words that you know you will have to use on IELTS Writing Task 2. Here are the paraphrases you need.


In this video, you also get impressive sentence structures for your body paragraphs, such as:

1. There are a great number of reasons to support/oppose this belief.
2. There do exist reasons why this notion is out of favor with some.
3. Let’s examine the flaws in this view.

Your Opinion

You will need a few interesting phrases to express your opinion on IELTS exam day, as you must directly give your opinion not only on IELTS Writing Task 2, but also Speaking Part 3.

Here are some interesting ways to do this:

  • My frank and honest opinion is that…
  • It is my firm belief that…
  • I’m inclined to believe that…

Plus, you should learn some idioms to express your opinion. Even on IELTS Writing Task 2, you should use 1 or 2 idioms to raise your vocabulary score.



  • One possible quick fix could be…
  • The key to unraveling the issue is…


  • The origins of the problem can be found in…
  • The genesis of the issue is actually…


  • The aftermath has involved…
  • There are legitimate repercussions, including…

Finally, it is always a good idea to look at exemplary essays and learn from them. One student, after taking our course, got an 8.5 in writing, and in this episode he tells you how.

Practice the phrases from today by adding them to your vocabulary notebook and using them in your own examples.

What do you think of today’s advice?

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