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Essay Sample 02

Клековкина Е., Манн М., Тейлор-Ноулз С., (2004-2012 г)

Клековкина Е., Манн
М., Тейлор-Ноулз С.

Comment on the following statement:

    Some believe that teenagers today are generally rude, lazy and badly behaved. Other people, however, think that teenagers have a bad reputation for no reason.

What is your opinion? Do you agree with this statement?
Write 200-250 words.
Use the following plan:
—    make an introduction (state the problem)
—    express your personal opinion and give 2-3 reasons for your opinion
—    express an opposing opinion and give 1-2 reasons for this opposing opinion
—   explain why you don't agree with the opposing opinion
—    make a conclusion restating your position


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Some people believe that teenagers are bad-bred nowadays, whereas some say that it is just slander.

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I think that teenagers are quite hard-working now. First of all, they have a lot of lessons at school and then they have to do plenty of homework. It all requires particular qualities like patience, tolerance but not laziness. Second, the standards of politeness and the meaning of politeness have changed these days. Those things that were considered rude 50 years ago are not considered rude anymore.

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At the same time, there are people that think teenagers have no respect for seniors. They talk back, they misbehave in public places, and are extremely lazy.

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In my opinion, one can see such teenagers but it is more the exception, than the rule. In Soviet times teenagers were raised as patriots. The lives of great heroes of our country were known to everybody. Soviet teenagers wanted to be the same as their heroes so they worked  hard on  qualities of their heroes characters.  Fortunately, we realized the harmfulness of living without  ideals and have turned to traditional and good values. Our teenagers have started changing as well.

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In conclusionI would like to say that we should check and investigate everything properly before judging. Otherwise we can fall into the trap that many foreignness do. They come here and see that Russians don’t really smile. So they say, “Russians are not hospitable and cheerful because they don not smile”. In the same way our teenagers might seem rude and lazy but if you dig deeper you will see another picture.


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