IELTS Essay Introduction for an Opinion Essay

This lesson looks at how to write an IELTS essay introduction for an opinion essay. The introduction is the easiest part of any IELTS essay as it follows a similar content for all IELTS task 2 types.

This lesson is a follow-on lesson from last week. Learn how to find main points before continuing with this introduction lesson: Finding Main Points for an Opinion Essay:

Every one of us should become a vegetarian because eating meat can cause serious health problems.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

How to write an IELTS essay introduction
  1. Write one statement paraphrasing the information given. This will be your background statement. Make sure you paraphrase the information exactly and don’t include any irrelevant or extra information in it.
  2. When you paraphrase, make sure you are using words that you are confident with. It is good to paraphrase but you will reduce your band score if you have too many errors.
  3. Introduce your answer in the thesis statement. The thesis statement follows the background statement. It should contain your answer, your main points.
  4. Don’t write more than 50 words for your introduction.
Model Introduction

Eating meat is considered by some to damage our health and for that reason they believe all people should adopt a vegetarian diet. In my opinion, although a vegetarian diet is certainly a healthy option, having a balanced diet, which contains vegetables and some healthy meat, is the key.

Vocab Builder
  • cause serious health problems = damage our health
  • become a vegetarian = adopt a vegetarian diet

 

Next lesson, we will look at how to write the body paragraphs for this essay.

Recommended Lessons

Finding Main Points for an Opinion Essay (Previous Lesson for this topic)
IELTS Video Lesson for Writing Task 2: How to write an introduction
IELTS Video Lesson for Writing Task 2: Connecting Sentences
IELTS Liz YouTube Channel

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  1. Hello,, can you please evaluate my introduction .
    a detailed comment could help me alot.

    Eating meat might be the main reason of a major health issues and disease, therefore, some people think that everyone have to become a vegetarian. In my opinion, i disagree that eating meat could be a reason for health damage.

    Thanks in advance

    • You didn’t give your opinion on whether you think everyone should become vegetarian. You must address the task – this means answer the whole question.

  2. Diet is essential part of our daily routines. Some people suggest that we all should avoid eating meat and perfer to become vegetarian because veg diet always keep us healthy and keep away from health diseases. I believe that vegetarian food have more nutrients, vitamins and diseases free such as heart attcaks, diabetes instead of non vegetarian.

    Check my intro. And give suggestions

  3. Hi Liz,
    kindly help check my introduction. Thanks.

    Vegetarians are people which do not eat animal flesh and, or products. Some people believe that meat is related to serious health problems, thus, instigating their decision to become vegetarians. I strongly disagree that everybody should become vegetarians. Although red meat can be detrimental to health, it can be consumed moderately or substituted with white meat like chicken and mutton.

    • Did you watch my video on this page which explains that you don’t need a hook. Your first sentence is not needed. The examiner knows the meaning of the word “vegetarian”. Cut your first sentence and you have a good intro.

  4. Hi Liz,

    I only came across your site a couple of days ago, and I wish it was sooner. My exam will be this coming 4th March and I am extremely nervous. In spite of all the preparation I have done, I still do not feel confident enough to ace the test. I tried every way that I can think of to pass this exam, perhaps the effort was not good enough, perhaps my method is insufficient. I just want to make it, I seek online/personal tutor, never ending IELTS reference books was read, and practice test done. I am keeping myself on the positive side, but this exam truly challenge my sanity. So true is sad that it will come to that extent, that I doubt myself on failure to this. There has to be a way, formula to make it easy. Thereby coming across your site was a blessing, and you make every lessons comprehensible and interactive. With that, every credit should all be yours. Learning English has been tough journey for me, indeed and to be honest, together with other examinees who have tried this exam many times, it can be frustrating. Anyway, enough of the ranting and let us get back into real business. I wrote a sample introduction here, and please let me know what you think.

    It is believed that most people should adopt a vegetarian diet because meat consumption causes a detrimental effect on our health. In my opinion, not only eating vegetables is beneficial to our body, it also promotes less damage to other living organisms.

    * I am not sure if I used the correct conversion for this thesis statement.

    Kind regards,
    Avy

    • Your background statement is fine. Your opinion presents a clear position but you don’t actually state if you agree that eating meat is damaging to our health. What is your opinion of that? Make sure your opinion covers all aspects of the question and issue. See my main page for writing task 2: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-2/. All main pages can be accessed through the red bar at the top of my website. If you need more help with writing task 2, think of purchasing one of my advanced lessons: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore. You’ve got almost a week before your test – you can learn a lot in that time.

  5. Hi, Liz. I’ve been following your site mainly because it is the best teaching site for IELTS I’ve came across, so far. I think you know that by now. 🙂

    Anyway, just want to ask you this: I understand that it is important for us to give our opinion in the introduction, but we would repeat the same message in the conclusion part. Wouldn’t that be redundant?

  6. Hey Liz I’ve been following your website for quite a long it’s very helpful. My question is that can we write our opinion on the new line after paraphrasing the question…?

  7. Hey Liz, i’ve been following your website for quite sometime now. Can you check the introduction I made about this topic? thanks

    All of us are required to be vegetarians due to the reason that consuming meat products might result to life-threatening health conflicts. in my opinion, I agree that vegetables should have more proportions in our meals but I believe that we also need meat for a balanced diet.

  8. How can I know that this essay is a Balanced Opinion or One-sided Opinion …
    do i decide something like that or he will tell me to do it with a certain way?
    please clarify this point as on your 1 hour OPINION essay writing task 2 video I purchased you didn’t mention how can we figure out that?
    thank you!

    • This is a balanced view. If it was one sides, we would agree that being vegetarian is the ONLY way. A one sided essays agrees 100% and does not add any other information or specific view point.

      • Mohamed ahmed says:

        Hi liz,
        Thanks for your great help,
        What if i agree to the statement, and consider vegetarian diet the healthiest. Furthermore,
        If i wont to add another opinion like talking about another unhealthy food that should be avoided

  9. topic :- Prevention is better then cure…..

    first of all , Prevantion is that for example,
    the Prevention means ” Stop The Process or Work
    the Cure means ” Solving The Problem”.

    Prevention when occur then, we create the problem and hoe to stop that problem is called Prevention.
    i think prevention is necessary at this time, Because we think about prevention that means because the time for process and decrease the money cost behind expenses behind work. Preventioon before the problem occur that means we always aggresive in work, in future any type of work we always have solution behind the process.
    Cure Means according to my thought “Medicine”.
    If we have a medicine then we can easily frfee from problem. it happens in future then also.
    Prevention & Cure both are little bit same but if we think Prevention before any kind of work that means we were always in safe side, but when we dnt think about prevention but not only dependent on cure that means we have no option because of we applied about cure only.

    Cure is also good but lots of type of cure like ‘medicine’,’physical’,’financial’,’friendly’. in that condition we always cover for us with cure.
    One more important used cure at this time is “Life Insurance” Policy.
    it’s always cure about your futurre as well as your family.
    if we take an insurance that means we protect the own & family.
    Insurance is fully protect the family from any human being problems like
    accident, death causes, etc.

    Prevention is i think always beteter then cure.

    In my point of view , i conclude that Prevention is always save the time & money in future.

  10. Liz, would you mind taking a look at this conclusion:

    All people must practise being a vegan because detrimental health conditions related to health result to eating meat products. In my opinion, I agree that eating vegetables may significantly improve health. However, I also believe that intake of meat is also essential to our overall nutritional condition.

    • You don’t need a long conclusion – it won’t help your score at all. Just one sentence is enough (two at most).

      • Marvin says:

        Hi Liz – my bad. The paragraph I wrote above is for my introduction and not conclusion. Thoughts please? 🙂 Thank you.

        Marvin

  11. attahmad says:

    Liz,
    How about the following introduction paragraph for above task.

    “We should start eating only vegetables due to the fact that taking meat in our food may result into major diseases. In my opinion, I do not agree with the concept of avoiding meat. However, there should be a balanced food consists of meat as well as vegetables.”

  12. Sumayyah says:

    ht is considered by many that it would be beneficial for all of us if we opted completely for vegetables as meat intake can result in major health issues. In my view, even though eating vegetables is considered healthy, a well balanced diet is more crucial for the well being of anyone.
    thank u so much for your extremely thorough explanations. I have given a go at the introduction for above mentioned topic. I would be grateful if u could comment on my effort.
    Looking forward to your reply..!!
    Take care

  13. Hlo Liz , will you plz tell me we can mention words like in my opinion or I am agree or disagree in task 2 essays???

  14. Goodevening Mrs Liz,

    Thanks for your wonderful website. I really appreciate what you have done for us.

    While studying writing Task2 introduction with the model introduction you wrote page-up I found missing commas -but I am not sure in the first setence of it ” Eating meat is considered by some to damage out health (,)and for that reason(,) they believe …”

    Honestly, I am still not sure where commas are used in sentences. However, can you answer my question I asked earlier?

    Thanks

    Yen

  15. hmmm…..I find it very difficult in writing essays ……plz Auntie Liz …help me ..how do I write …I have a paper on january

  16. Mohamed Abdalla says:

    Hi liz…
    If I didn’t use this layout in my exam introduction will it affect my score?and if yes for which criterion?

  17. Mohamed Ali says:

    dear Liz
    any positive criticism please, apart from typos ?
    some people believe that every person in the commumity ought to eat vegetables to avoid devastating health issues,which could be caused by eating meat.In my opinion, i don’t agree to this idea, for meat has vital role to play in developing people’s body and helps make a balanced diet.

  18. can you give your idea for this introduction

    Food is fundamental need for every living being.If the people can feed on only vegetables, they may obtain healthy life.It is generally accepted that consuming meat is one of the fact that cause dangerous diseases. In my opinion, I agree that vegetarian diet is the key to health. However, meat is required to develop the body cells in growth of human.

  19. Hi Liz! I recently found out about your blog and It’s a great help for many students who are preparing for their IELTS exams. I watched your video about writing introduction for task 2 and tried myself writing an Introduction. So, here it is.

    Nowadays, many people believe that we should adopt a vegetarian diet and give up theconsumption of meat – as eating too much of meat can lead to some severe health issues. In my opinion, I think, following a vegetarian diet is good for health. However, I also believe that one should focus on having a balanced diet which include moderate amount of meat.

  20. Faisal Haleem says:

    Hi Liz,
    I have written this Intro is it okay.
    “Some people believe that meat as diet can cause major health issues, so best way to health would be to become vegitarian. In my openion, vegitarian food is definetely a healthy option. However, having balanced diet which includes both vegitables and some healthy meat, is the key. “

  21. Dear Liz,

    I have booked and exam appointment for September 26, 2015 and would like to know what to do from now till the exam date.

    • Please watch the “How to Prepare for IELTS” video on my home page. Then start working through information and tips pages. The review model answers. After that do practice lessons.
      All the best
      Liz

      • Hi Liz,

        I’ve purchased all your three video lessons for writing task 2. They are quite useful. Thank you! And I’m just wondering when the video clips for another two types of writing will be online? Thanks.

        • Unfortunately, not until next Spring. If I have time, I will try and finish speaking part 2 video lesson for next month.
          All the best
          Liz

    • Hey my also 26 of september.wherevare you from

  22. How can i get the body paragraph of this essay??

  23. Francesco says:

    Hi Liz! I am posting this comment just to thank you , you’re a very good teacher! I am gonna be examinated tomorrow, I admit I haven’t studied that much during the last days, so your website has been very helpful . I hope you’ll keep on doing this for the students’ sake 🙂
    All the best from Italy,
    Francesco

    • Good luck tomorrow!!! Keep your mind focused on the questions and remember this is about technique and English language. Let me know how your exam goes 🙂
      All the best
      Liz

  24. Hendrick says:

    Hi liz, I have 2 questions to ask. the first one is
    `can I use I deem or it is demeed to be in order to paraphrase I think or it is considered?`
    The second one is in part 0 of speaking task, when I’ll be asked `how are you?` Can I use a slang to respond, for instance by saying I got a hitch in my giddy up.
    Looking forward to your answer.

    Thanks for all the lessons.

    • I wouldn’t use the paraphrase “I deem”, it rarely used these days. For your question about speaking, it is unlikely the examiner will ask this question because it is not part of any topic and it is not part of the ID check. But if the examiner does ask it, you must answer naturally “I’m fine” or “I’m feeling ok today, thanks”. Avoid putting unnatural idioms into your answers – it won’t increase your score and the example you gave above is not only inappropriate but also incorrect.
      All the best
      Liz

  25. Dear Liz,
    How can I paraphrase the word “information” in this question?
    “Internet contains a lot of information,however,sometimes these information is inaccurate or wrong. Do you agree or disagree?
    Kindly comment on my introduction paragraph:
    It is commonly believed that internet is a major source of information,however, some of these information is considered to be incorrect. In my opinion, I strongly agree that some of the news on the internet are wrong because there are no proper verification process, coupled with the fact that information can be easily manipulated.

    • Not all words can be paraphrased. Please watch my video about paraphrasing: http://ieltsliz.com/vocabulary/. Remember that “information” is uncountable. So you need to write “this information” not “these information”. Your introduction is paraphrased enough. Also “news” is also uncountable.
      All the best
      Liz

  26. Hi Liz,

    should it be necessary to paraphrase your topics that are written in your thesis statement to the body paragraph as your topic sentence?

    e.g model thesis statement:
    In my opinion, although a vegetarian diet is certainly a healthy option, having a balanced diet, which contains vegetables and some healthy meat, is the key.
    1st Topic sentence:
    — To begin with, being vegetarian is healthy. Then reasons and examples
    2nd Topic sentence:
    — Secondly, having balanced diet is a key. Then reasons and examples
    are these alright?

    Thanks a lot. I’ve learnt a lot of things from this website

  27. Salah Abozakok says:

    Hi Liz
    Can you evaluate my opinion intro

    Vegetarian foods should become the main our choice to avoid serious health problems
    that cause by eating meat. in my opinion , people needs to take all ( vegetarians , meat and diet ) with balanced for body growth as well.

    • Unfortunately, there are frequent grammar mistakes which cause a problem for the reader. This means your grammar is currently around band score 5. This is only a small sample of your writing but still it is clear that you need to work very hard at your grammar.
      All the best
      Liz

  28. Hi liz
    I have written the introduction for above topic could you please check it and point out the weakness.
    Dangerous health issues could be suffered from consuming meat product therefore, every one is recommended to change their eating habit to vegan. In my opinion , I do not agree with the statement . People feeding only plant’s by-product could lack many nutrition which are essential for growth, as well as, vegetarians has limited choices in parties or occasion compared to non- vegetarians.

    • This essay is about being vegetarian not about being vegan. A vegan diet is very different. The technique is fine but there are grammar issues as well as vocabulary issues. Try to write accurately rather than trying to impress the reader.
      All the best
      Liz

  29. Hi Liz check my introduction plz.

    One of the biggest decision that we could make in our lives, is our choices of food, adopting one kind of food whether it is vegetable or meat, it can destroy our health. in my belief, the right selection one can make to maintain a perfect health, is making balance between vegetables and fresh meat.

    • Hi,

      You have the right technique. You have a background statement which introduces the essay question and a thesis statement which contains your answer. However, you didn’t actually answer the question directly – do you think eating meat causes health problems. You must give an answer to that before you continue to give your idea of the best diet to have. Also, you need to be more careful with your vocabulary because too many errors will reduce your score. Lastly, make sure you write about “people” rather than “we”. Here is how you should write it:

      One of the biggest decisions that people must make in their lives is their choice of diet. Choosing a diet which contains meat is considered harmful by some people because they think it can have a serious impact on their health. In my opinion, I do not agree that eating meat causes health problems and I think that the right decision to maintain perfect health is having a balanced diet of both meat and vegetables.

      On the whole, you are going the right way but you need to fix a couple of issues.
      All the best
      Liz

  30. Hi,

    I’m afraid I do not offer essay marking at present. I will however say that you’ve done quite well addressing the task, giving relevant main points and developing them. However, there are quite a lot of grammar mistakes which will probably prevent you getting band score 8. Go through each line of your essay and check the grammar. Here is a model essay for this title so you can see a band score 9 sample answer: http://www.ieltsliz.com/ielts-solution-essay-band-9-model-answer

  31. Gaurav Rooprai says:

    Hi Liz, I have drafted a response to listed question, please review and provide the response. Your valuable comments is highly recommended to me.

    Below is the response:

    As many people think consuming meat will lead to serious health problems and as a precautionary measure we should switch to the vegetarian diet, this statement has sparkled a heated debate. Some argue that eating meat does not cause any health problem; however, I believe that approach for a balanced diet like vegetarian and meat will not have serious impact on the health and instead, it will provide the essential nutrition.

  32. Hi Liz,
    Excellent introduction. I see that you use a ‘although’ clause to write a balanced argument.

    What would you suggest if I use this in a discuss both views an give you opinion type of essay? or it is better to leave the opinion to the conclusion.

    Thanks in advance, Dex

  33. Hello Liz ,i have been following your ielts on youtube and you blog.I must confess that your lessons are the best. I am still trying to locate your video on body paragraph for eassy 2.
    Kindly assist me,thanks.

    • Hi, the next lesson for this essay title will be next Thursday. I aim to release writing task 2 lessons each Thursday. However, it is not a video lesson it is just the next lesson for this essay question. If you have any urgent questions about the body paragraphs, just drop me a line. I will make a video on the body paragraphs but it will take time. All the best, Liz

      • sai kumar says:

        hiiiiiii liz..
        how can i improve my writing skills i dont have much skills in vocabulary…..i have ielts exam on feb 12th

        • Hi,

          The key is to aim for the level of vocabulary suitable for the band score you want. If you are aiming for band score 6 and you have little time left before your test, then just review the main vocabulary for the common IELTS topics. I have posted the main topics for task 2 on my blog so you can read them and start writing a useful word list. To get band score 6, you need adequate vocabulary and you can have some errors (frequent errors are band score 5). This means, use a reasonable range of vocabulary but focus on avoiding errors.

          It would sensible to also focus on getting a higher score in task response and coherence and cohesion – it is quicker to improve those criteria than to improve your English language.

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