IELTS Writing Task 2: Problematic Essay with tips, structure, sample answer and vocabularies

IELTS Writing Task 2: Problematic Essay with tips, structure, sample answer and vocabularies

This post deals with IELTS Writing Task 2, essay writing. In this post, I’m discussing how to handle a problematic topic where candidates are asked to present the effects or results of unlimited use of cars. They are also asked to decide whether discouraging people to use cars might be a good solution or not. The special tips, structuring and sample answer, provided here is an excellent one which you can follow to achieve a higher band score. Also, take a look at the use of different vocabularies which I’ve explained at the end of the post with explanations. You should write some of the words and try to make sentences for your English language improvement.

IELTS Writing Task 2: Problematic Essay with tips, structure, sample answer and vocabularies

Title or rubric of the essay:

People around the world now use more cars than ever. The unlimited use of cars may cause many problems.

What kind of problems do you think cars may cause?

In order to minimize the problems, should we discourage people to use cars?

Special tips:

For problematic topics, firstly, you must plan on the answer you will write.

Think about some common effects of over-use of cars such as environmental problems, traffic jams, and accidents.

For the solution part, you must propose at least 2/3 solutions. You must also support or refute on the solution proposed in the question and show reasons.

Your essay structure will look somewhat like this one below:

Introduction Introduce the topic and state or give a hint on what you are going to write in the next paragraphs in two or three lines
Body 1 State the problems that overuse of cars can cause. Remember to use examples or explanations to support your logical points.
Body 2 State why you support or don’t support the idea of discouraging people to use cars. Also, mention if there are any other solutions to solve this problem. Use logical examples.
Conclusion Conclude by briefly discussing what you have stated in the previous paragraphs. However, there is always something special which you can write from your brain to express your creativity.

Sample answer:

There is no denying that having a car has become an essential part of many people’s lives in this modern world. Such a transport offers flexibility to human life and work. It also provides ready access to an array of services and leisure options. However, unlimited use of cars also causes a variety of problems which need to be addressed.

Most of the problems associated with frequent car use are becoming increasingly familiar to mass people. The extensive use of cars has real environmental costs. Vehicles are prime sources of urban air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Environmental experts suggest that road traffic is the source of one-third of all harmful air pollution in the world. Car exhaust seriously contributes to acid rain, carbon dioxide and lead, which are accountable for global warming and health hazards. Another problem is the number of traffic jams spotted almost every day at rush hours. This is because using cars is becoming more popular than walking, cycling or using public transport. The most alarming matter, however, is that cars are less safe compared to all other transports. It causes deadly accidents with huge numbers of casualties every year.

It is suggested by many that the use of cars should be discouraged which I cannot support much. I think such decisions would lead to shrinking mobility for people and a decline in the car industry. In my opinion, a much better solution would be for car manufacturers to devise more eco-friendly cars, which can run on hydrogen or solar power. Moreover, traffic jams can be alleviated by constructing more underground tunnels, ring roads, one-way systems and parking garages. Besides, safety issues can be avoided by educating drivers as well as pedestrians to be more cautious on the road.

Therefore, to sum up, I believe that discouraging the car use might seem a quick solution to many problems currently facing the society, it is most unlikely to be a permanent solution.

Word count: 320

Vocabulary practice:

Deny: to refuse, to reject

I’m not denying that it was her fault.

Essential: important, necessary, crucial, vital

Education is an essential part of our life.

Flexibility: Easiness, litheness, suppleness

Cars offer flexibility in our life.

Array: Range, group

There is an array of colors in the shop.

Address: to tackle, to deal with

We must address this problem as soon as possible.

Associated: Linked, connected, related

There are a few problems associated with it.

Frequent: Common, regular

This is a frequent matter for us.

Extensive: Widespread, wide-ranging

The extensive use of those drugs can cause harm to your body.

Prime: Major, main, chief, key

Computers are the prime source of knowledge for young generation nowadays.

Exhaust: Waste gases

Car exhaust is responsible for air pollution.

Accountable: Responsible, liable

Your bad attitude is accountable for your failure.

Hazard: Danger, risk

This food has some health hazards.

Rush hour: a period of heavy traffic

Traffic jam occurs mostly at rush hours.

Alarming: Disturbing, shocking, upsetting, frightening

It has become an alarming issue.

Casualty: victim, dead person, injured person, wounded person

There were some casualties in this accident.

Discourage: Dispirit, dampen, dishearten

She was discouraged by her mother to go there.

Shrinking: reduced, lessened

This would lead to a shrinking support for the community.

Mobility: the ability to move about

Cars offer personal mobility to a wide range of areas.

Manufacturer: Maker, producer

The manufacturer of the product is Nestle.

Devise: Plan, work out, prepare, make

We must devise some new designs for the roads.

Eco-friendly: Ecological, environment-friendly

This product is ecofriendly.

Alleviate: Lessen, diminish, reduce

Poverty must be alleviated.

Issue: Problem

It has become an alarming issue.

Pedestrian: Walker, hiker

This road is for pedestrians only.

Cautious: Careful, watchful, vigilant, alert

We need to be cautious about this experiment.

Unlikely: Improbable, doubtful

It is unlikely that government will go for such decision.

Permanent: Enduring, lasting, durable, long-lasting

This is not a permanent solution.

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