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How to evaluate two different opinions in IELTS?

IELTS speaking is very popular for asking you questions where you have to evaluate two different opinions. Although there is no such rule that best describes the way of answering these IELTS speaking questions, it is always better for you to know some language tips on How to evaluate two different opinions.

In this lesson, you’ll master the Formula for evaluating two different Opinions. This is a skill that you will need to use in all Part Three lessons. It is a basic native speaker discussion skill.

When IELTS examiner asks you such question they really have no interest on the content of your answer but construct. They just want to know weather you can use right grammatical structure.

First let’s see some questions under this category

» Whydo some people think that universitylife is the best stage in lifewhile others disagree?
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Give reasons why some people hold the opinion that it is acceptable to eat meat, while
others insist on being vegetarians.
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Why are there many people in society who prefer to do sports in their free time, while
there are others who would rather go shopping?
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Suggest reasons why some people prefer to travel in groups, yet others prefer to travel
alone.

Remember This Formula


To evaluate two different opinions, you should:-

Answer order
1. Talk about which types of people hold which opinions.
2. State why different people hold these opinions.

Language steps:

  1. Talk about quantities of people and types of people in society.
  2. Use transitional wordsand phrases to compare different opinions.
  3. Use adjectives and adjective phrases tosay why people have different opinions.
Why do some people prefer listening to the news on the radio, while others
prefer TV news?
Today, not many people like listening to the radio. Pretty much everyone has a television now. For most people, televisions are very appealing because we can actually see real footage of what’s being reported for example, when I saw a report on the lam idling of a space rocket, I could actually see the rocket
take off, the astronauts inside, and all the spectators on the ground. So TV is a powerful source of news.

However, there are many people that don’t share the same opinion. While some say the television is better, more visual, and more modern, others feel the radio has a certain charm and is more soothing and relaxing. It also depends on the lifestyle of the individual — many taxi drivers love listening to the radio because it is a very convenient way to bear news and play without distracting them from driving.

Language step 1: How to evaluate two different opinions?

Quantities of People &Types of People


Let’s have a look at how the IELTS candidate, Mike, talks about the quantities and types of people.
Mike: Today, not many people like listening to the radio. Pretty much everyone has a television now. For most people, televisions are very appealing because…However, there are many people that don’t share the same opinion…It also depends on the lifestyle of the individual- many taxi drivers love listening to the radio because it is a very convenient way to hear news and play without distracting them from driving.

When evaluating two different opinions, we should start by saying how many and what types of people hold those opinions.

➠ Quantities of people

  • nearly everyone
  • almost everybody
  • the (vast) majority of + types of people
  • most + types of people
  • a large percentage of + types of people
  • some + types of people
  • a few + types of people
  • a handful of + types of people

➠ Types of people- ages

  • elderly people / retired people/ the older generation
  • working people
  • office workers
  • students
  • adolescents/ teenagers
  • married couples

➠ Types of people- behavior

  • very active people/sporty people / energetic people
  • religious people
  • animal lovers /food lovers
  • lazy people

➠ Types of people- specific

  • People with + adjective-noun combination
  • People with creative talent believe…
  • People with strong political views think…
  • People with a lot of energy like to…
  • People who have
  • People who have an interest in’ art…
  • People who have lots of free time
  • People who have their own pets…

More examples;

  1. Most people with a lot of energy like to regularly play team and individual sports.
  2. A handful of people who have lots of free time actually decide to do volunteer work.
  3. A large percentage of teenagers have problems communicating properly with their parents and teachers.

Language step 2: How to evaluate two different opinions?

Transitional Words & Phrases

Let’s look at how Sarmila uses transitional words and phrases in her response.
Sharmila: However, there are many people that don’t share the same opinion. While some say the television is better, more visual, and more modern, others feel the radio has a certain charm and is more soothing and relaxing. It also depends on the lifestyle of the individual…

When talking about different types of people and the opinions they have, you should use transitional words and phrases to link your ideas together. Here are some of the most useful transitional words and phrases:

➠ while
Some people believe that city life is stressful, while others find the buzz and energy of living in a city exciting.
➠ yet
Some people are of the opinion that computer games can help children learn certain skills, yet other people think that they are just a waste of time.
however
People who believe in animal rights think that we should not wear leather shoes or animal skin clothes. However, people who think that we are superior to animals believe we have the right to use them as we wish.

➠ Although

Although some people hold the opinion that war is wrong, others believe that there are sometimes good reasons why countries should go to war.
Some believe that there are sometimes good reasons why countries should go to war although others hold the opinion that war is wrong.
conversely
The majority of people feel that living in an apartment is very convenient. Conversely, others believe that living in a house is a better option.
➠ on the one hand…on the other hand
On the one hand, there are old people that do a lot of exercise; on the other hand, there are many elderly people that prefer to sit and read or play board games.

Language step 3: How to evaluate two different opinions?

Adjectives & Adjective Phrases to Say Why People Have Different Opinions

Although some scientists say it is important to eat meat for health reasons, others claim that if you eat the right vegetables and fruits, eating meat is not necessary to maintain a good standard of health.

When people weigh up two different opinions, they often describe why these people have those opinions using adjectives or adjective phrases in the following structures.

➠ Some people think / believe /enjoy / prefer X because it’s + adjective
You may use the following adjectives and adjective phrases:-

  • convenient
  • important /necessary /vital
  • interesting/fascinating/ stimulating/exciting/ inspiring
  • beneficial
  • healthy / better
  • rewarding
  • challenging
  • informative
  • unnecessary/unimportant/a waste of time

Examples:
Many famous people believe it’s really convenient to own a private aeroplane.
A lot of young people today think it’s very rewarding to go overseas for a year.

➠ Some people think X is good / better /important /useful + for + verb-ing
You may use the following verb-ing phrases:-

  • cultivating one’s mind
  • developing a greater sense of social responsibility
  • teaching people to empathize with each other more
  • maintaining social control
  • establishing positive international relations
  • keeping our natural environment cleaner
  • contributing to making society a better place for poor people

Examples;
They believe that this experience is good for cultivating one’s mind.
They consider learning more than one language as a good thing because it is important for establishing positive international relations.