【Attention!!】Universal Template for TOEFL Writing Independent Task

(a)Describing the general background

It’s widely/commonly/extensively/generally accepted (believed/ recognized/ acknowledge) that…

Express “Now”

At present,/ Currently,/In this day and age/ In present-day society,/These days,/ In today’s society,/In the present age,/ In contemporary society,/ Nowadays,…

Suggestions and Advice

  • … has revolutionized/ transformed/ fundamentally changed our lives.

  • …plays an increasingly important/ signify role in…

  • …is advancing/progressing by leaps and bounds.

  • …continues to advance at a staggering/ an astonishing rate.

  • The progress/The progression in…has enabled us to…

  • …has assumed/ played an increasingly essential role in…

  • Today the …(communication /exchange) has been intensified.

  • The impact of…on…has been massive indeed.

  • Gone are the days when…

(b)Expressing Concern

  • The issue of…is increasingly disturbing/ worrying /worrisome/ severe.

  • …has been deteriorating at an alarming rate.

  • The issue of …has drawn widespread attention.

  • With…, the problem of …has been thrown into sharp relief.

  • With the incidence of hovering at high levels, many people have become alarmed.

  • The incidence of…has been on the rise.

  • …is having profound impact/ repercussions/implications on…

  • Today, there are a multitude of competing claims on the limited resource of …

  • The swift changes in…have brought the issue of …into sharp focus.

  • The proliferation of …has rendered many citizens fearful.

  • As an inevitable consequence of… , …

(c)Introducing the topic  

  • The debate over whether…has been raging for some time.

  • People remain divided over whether…

  • People are divided over whether…

  • There is no consensus on whether …yet

  • The issue of whether…has triggered intense debate.

  • The issue of whether…has caused quite a stir.

  • Whether…has aroused heated debate.

  • Whether…has been a highly debatable issue.

  • When it comes to…, people tend to hold different views.

  • There has been much discussion revolving around the issue of whether…

  • Today, an issue that has given rise to much debate is whether…

  • People tend to have mixed opinions on…

  • There have been mixed reactions to…

(d)Expressing Agreement/Disagreement

①Expressing Agreement 

  • I tend to agree with…

  • I think that’s a valid point.

  • I entirely agree with…

  • I’m in favor of…

  • I trend to agree with…and I would go further and say…

  • Personally, I think their view has considerable merit.

②Expressing Disagreement 

  • I’m afraid I can’t agree with…

  • I don’t share their point of view.

  • I can’t go along with…

  • I don’t think that ideas will work.

  • It seems to me that there may be other possibilities.

  • I’m afraid I had different experience.

  • I would say the exact opposite.

③Expressing Partial Agreement 

  • Theoretically, that maybe true. But in reality, …

  • That maybe true to certain extent, but we also have to consider…

  • Speaking for myself, I agree with their proposition, with certain qualifications.

  • I admit there is an element of truth in…

(e)Signpost word 

① First,…/ First of all, / To begin with,…/ To start with, /To start off with,…/ In the first place,…

② Second,…/ Also, / In the second place,…/ …as well. / Further,…/ Furthermore,… / Moreover,…/ Aside from…/ Apart from,…/ In addition to…/ Besides,…

③Third, / Most importantly, / Additionally,/ In addition…

④ In conclusion, / In summary/ To sum up/ In the final analysis/ Based on the arguments offered above/ Based on all these arguments,…/ On the basis of the above discussion/ Accordingly,/ Hence,/ Thus,/ Therefore,

(f)Giving Your Reason

①The chief/principal/primary/first and foremost/main reason for…is…

②A second /Another factor that should be taken into account is…

③A third /Yet another thing we should consider is…/ A third argument that we should not neglect is…/The most significant aspect of this issue is…

(f)Expressing Concession

  • Admittedly,/Granted,/To be sure,/ Undeniably,/ Indisputably,/ Certainly,…

  • I concede that …Nevertheless,…

  • I recognize that…Nonetheless,…

  • It may be tempting to argue that… However,…

  • It may be true that… Still,…

  • This is reasonable to the extent that… Despite that…

  • This is valid insofar as… But closer examination would reveal that…

  • This argument has considerable merit in that… But further analysis would make it clear that…

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