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    Question Question about the type of an essay.Urgent!

    Hello! I have a question about defining the genre of an essay. I am acquainted with the main essay types. However, I have an university admission test which includes essay writing. Here are sample essay topics for it:

    ''Violence in television programmes and computer games leads to violence in society.'' There aren't any clue words which I can use to define the type of the essay. What am I supposed to write then?

    And here is another one: ''The best things in life are free.'' It is a proverb. What should I do?

    And one more (I think it is an opinion essay, isn't it?): ''Modern life is getting more and more stressful. What, in your view, are the best ways of overcoming stress?''

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    Re: Question about the type of an essay.Urgent!

    Quote Originally Posted by EDarcy View Post
    Hello! I have a question about defining the genre of an essay. I am acquainted with the main essay types. However, I have an a university admission test which includes essay writing.
    I think they've just shown you typical topics that come up. In the actual test, they would normally give you a complete essay question (not just a topic), and that should clarify for you the kind of essay they're after.

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    Re: Question about the type of an essay.Urgent!

    Is it possible to be given only a statement like these ones? Because I read in some English blogs about a type of an essay called ''Expository essay'' and the topics given there were similar to these ones.

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    Re: Question about the type of an essay.Urgent!

    They should still provide clear instructions for you to follow.

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    Re: Question about the type of an essay.Urgent!

    lilyjones, please click here and read General Rule #2.

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    Re: Question about the type of an essay.Urgent!

    Without further qualification, they all look like opinion pieces to me.

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    Re: Question about the type of an essay.Urgent!

    Can't find delete.

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    Re: Question about the type of an essay.Urgent!

    Quote Originally Posted by EDarcy View Post
    Hello! I have a question about defining the genre of an essay. I am acquainted with the main essay types. However, I have an university admission test which includes essay writing. Here are sample essay topics for it:

    ''Violence in television programmes and computer games leads to violence in society.'' There aren't any clue words which I can use to define the type of the essay. What am I supposed to write then?

    You're just supposed to write about the topic. The examiner isn't asking you to say what type of essay you're writing. The examiner just wants you to write on.

    Your written English seems to be strong enough to write a good one.


    And here is another one: ''The best things in life are free.'' It is a proverb. What should I do?

    Again, just write about what the exam asks you to write about.


    And one more (I think it is an opinion essay, isn't it?): ''Modern life is getting more and more stressful. What, in your view, are the best ways of overcoming stress?''

    Write an essay on overcoming stress.
    Again, you don't need to define the genre. The examiner isn't asking for that. The examiner just wants essays. You can decide for yourself what kind.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 10-Jan-2018 at 16:53.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Question about the type of an essay.Urgent!

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Can't find delete.
    You're right. It looks like the delete buttons are gone. Is there a webmaster in the house?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Question about the type of an essay.Urgent!

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    You're right. It looks like the delete buttons are gone. Is there a webmaster in the house?
    Which delete buttons are gone? I can get the webmaster in the house but am not sure what the problem is. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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