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To what extent do you agree or disagree

To what extent do you agree or disagree

Begin:There is the ongoing debate as to whether ...and attitudes towards this issue differ widely from person to person. As for me, I strongly/tend to agree with the assertion that.../ I take exception with the assertion that.../To a large extent,I believe that...(your ideas)

1.My most convincing argument of this perspective is that ... A very good illustration is...

2.Another reason for this viewpoint lies in the fact that...This can be best illustrated with...

3.Those who hold the counter-argument convince that...This assertion sounds reasonable when considering the fact that... Take the most striking instance ...(reasons+example) /when take the most striking instance ...(examples)But these people actually fail to recognize ...

End:So my conclusion is that...On the contrary...

Example:

There is the ongoing debate as to whether technology development is widening the gap between the haves and have-nots and attitudes towards this issue differ widely from person to person. As for me, I take exception with the assertion that modern technology is worsening the social divide.

My most convincing argument of this perspective is that above all, technologies are invented more for the benefit of all people in their life and work than just for the rich people. A very good illustration is the advent of the Internet, which has enabled average persons to communicate with each other on a global basis, providing them with an access to more opportunities and better life.

Another reason for this viewpoint lies in the fact that further development of sciences and technologies has enriched the world's material resources to the extent that poverty has been largely reduced and average citizens' living standards have been improved. This can be best illustrated with China, in where the latest farming technologies have successfully helped the nation's government to feed the booming population.

Those who hold the counter-argument convince that there are cases where technologies have widened the gap between the rich and the poor. This assertion sounds reasonable when take the most striking instance happened during the beginning stage of industrialization, when machines started enhancing the efficiency of manufacturing and replacing workers on a large scale. Consequently, while the rich people, bosses, and capitalists were getting richer, the poor average citizens were in extreme poverty struggling for basic subsistence. But these people actually fail to recognize that what should be blamed is definitely not science and technologies, but those persons who use them in the wrong way.

So my conclusion is that technologies on their own are not guilty for the widening gap between the rich and the poor. On the contrary, all citizens benefit from diverse technologies and their application in positive ways.

Agree

There is the ongoing debate as to whether the government should support the arts and attitudes towards this issue differ widely from person to person. As for me, I tend to agree with the assertion that government should be the leading funder of art industry.

Those who hold the counter-argument convince that as long as people in a society are hungry or out of work or lack the basic skills needed to survive, the use of public resources to support the arts is inappropriate. This assertion sounds reasonable when considering the fact that the social resource is limited, this means that if governments invest more money in the art, they must reduce the money use to other parts proportionally. But these people actually fail to recognize the potential benefits gained from the development of art industry.

My most convincing argument of this perspective is that by collecting public resources to the arts we actually can help to solve many social problems. A very good illustration is Canada's film industry, which is heavily subsidized by the Canadian government thus has been developed a lot. The booming film-industry stimulated job growth and wealth that can be applied toward education, job training, public constructions and social programs.

Another reason for this viewpoint lies in the fact that art serves to lift the human spirit and to put us more in touch with our own humanity. Under this circumstance, we become less self-centered and more others-oriented. In other words, we can live a more charitable society in which people are willing to help the vulnerable. This change itself will create more opportunities for us to obtain more well-being.

So my conclusion is that economic and other societal benefits can accrue when government assumes an active role in supporting the arts. On the contrary, the absence of art may lead to a spiritless society.

Example 3

There is the ongoing debate among architects as to whether the exterior of their design should convey a traditional feel and attitudes towards this issue differ widely from person to person. I concede that traditional building has its own advantages and special meaning. Otherwise, in my opinion the suggestion that all new buildings should be built in traditional way is just too extreme to bring about.

Admittedly, the traditional style is a more practical choice for some rural area. On one hand, traditional building materials are easier for people to obtain; On the other hand, particular traditional style had been tasted by generations and proved to be the most suitable to the local environment. A very good illustration is people of Dai nationality usually use bamboos to build their houses, because bamboos are not only easy to find around their regions but also can prevent muggy air. As to cities, traditional style may still be a sensible option for some urban projects such as churches and temples, which represent traditional cultural identities.

Despite the merits of this suggestion, however, it is unrealistic for general use since it overlooks some crucial respects. First, modern architectural styles are indeed superior to the traditional structures in terms of materials and functionality. Take the most striking instance the more scientific architectural construction helps urban developers to save valuable land. Most importantly, modern-style buildings offer city residents better living conditions. This can be best illustrated with various modern commercial buildings (such as supermarkets and movie theatres) and office buildings.

To sum up, I agree with the statement insofar as traditional styles are still important to many specific areas. Nevertheless, my viewpoint is whether buildings should be built in traditional styles should be determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on their location and the exact purposes that they serve.

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