This is the part of the question that tells you to do

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part of your question. This is the part of the question that TELLS you to do something and is almost always the last sentence in your Task 2 description. Common instruction words include: To what extent do you agree? Take a stance and support your opinion with examples. Write an essay illustrating your position. How do you feel about this?
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Discuss all sides of this issue. What should be done about this problem? Do you think this is a viable solution? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this? The problem students typically have with deciphering these types of instruction words is really understanding what is being asked of them. Resolving this issue is not nearly as complicated as you might think. The key is to look at your Task description and pose yourself a simple question: Am I being asked to state a position or am I being asked to analyze something? Your response to this question will dictate with accuracy the type of essay you need to compose. If you are being asked to state a position, you will need to respond using argument essay structure. If you are being asked to analyze something, you will need to respond using discussion essay structure. It’s really that simple. All too often, students allow subtle differences in wording confuse them. For example, what is the difference between: Do you agree or disagree?
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