Structure of an Essay
A discursive essay is a piece of formal writing which is focused on discuss a particular situation or problem and you may find three types of discursive essays:
- For and Against essays which present both sides of an issue or situation discussing points in favour of a particular topic as well as those against.
- Opinion essays which present the writer’s personal opinion concerning the topic given.
- Essay suggesting solutions to problems, in which the writer analyses the problems associated with a particular issue or situation.
An essay generally consists of:
- A short introductory paragraph, maybe two or three lines, a brief summary of what the essay will show, but you only could express your opinion in this point, if it is an opinion essay.
- A main body with different ideas separated into paragraphs, giving examples or reasons, pros and cons, suggestions and solutions and so on. There are a lot of interesting connectors to use such as, on the one hand, on the other hand, in addition, furthermore, besides, apart from, however, nevertheless, the fact that and so on.
- A closing paragraph summarising the main points of the essay to reaffirm the ideas, giving your opinion using connector such as, in conclusion, on balance, to sum up, it is my belief, I firmly believe, etc.
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