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Essay Sample 2


Фоменко Е.А.

Comment on the following statement:

      The greatest problem of all modern cities is traffic jams. In Europe as well as in Asia a lot of people use bicycles to get to their destinations. Do you think that it is suitable for Russians?

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 say changing cars to bicycles is possible in Russia whereas others don’t agree.


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I think that it would be a good idea to change cars to bicycles. First of all, it’s more healthy. It would solve another problem of modern civilization – physical inactivity. Secondly, cars pollute environment a lot so we would solve one more important problem. It’s also cheaper to maintain a bicycle than a car.


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At the same time there are people who say that it’s impossible in Russia. We don’t have a lot of special bicycle lanes in big cities. People got used to driving and will never ever change to bicycling.


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In my opinion these people have a point. Old habits die hard. Nevertheless, I believe that if government starts advertising this new life-style and give some facilities for it, very soon people will be riding instead of driving.


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In conclusion, I'd like to say that if we weigh all the facts that support suitability of changing cars to bicycles in Russia against the ones that criticize it, we'll see that the facts that support bicycling outweigh those against.


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