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Everything IELTS Academic - A Comprehensive Guide to IELTS Academic

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  1. Paraphrasing Technique

    Paraphrasing Technique - Two Methods to Paraphrase a Sentence
    1 Quiz
  2. Reading
    Part 1: Everything IELTS Academic Reading
    3 Topics
  3. Part 2: Text Types in IELTS Academic Reading
    3 Topics
  4. Part 2: Questions Forms and Reading Rules
    2 Topics
  5. Part 4: Types of questions and Strategies
    9 Topics
  6. Part 5: Common Mistakes
    2 Topics
  7. Part 6: IELTS Academic Reading Practice Tests
  8. Listening
    Part 1: Everything IELTS Listening
    4 Topics
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    1 Quiz
  9. Part 2: Detailing Questions
    3 Topics
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    5 Quizzes
  10. Part 3: Summary Questions
    4 Topics
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    4 Quizzes
  11. Part 4: Common Mistakes
    4 Topics
  12. Part 5: IELTS Listening Practice Tests
    10 Quizzes
  13. Writing
    Part 1: IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 - Reports
    15 Topics
  14. Part 2: IELTS Writing Task 2 - Essay
    16 Topics
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    18 Quizzes
  15. Part 3: Two-task Practice Tests
    6 Quizzes
  16. Speaking
    Part 1: Introduction to IELTS Speaking
    3 Topics
  17. Part 2: A good IELTS Speaking Performance
    2 Topics
  18. Part 3: Common Mistakes in IELTS Speaking
  19. Part 4: IELTS Speaking Practice Tests
    7 Quizzes
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In order to get a strong and clear argument, you should have complete arguments, which are explained in detail. The starting point of the argument is also the ending point of the argument. In other words, you open and close an argument with the same idea. The argument goes full circle.

Incomplete arguments do not go a full circle to explain the main ideas. I often refer to this mistake as “leaving the readers questioning ‘so what?’” It means when you explain a main idea, your argument does not really explain in detail, so your explanations do not really clarify the main ideas, which is supposed to be done. 

Another type of incomplete arguments is a non-example argument, where the explanations are not visualized by a related example.

Example: On the one hand, it is true that visual images have a significant impact on shaping children’s perception of life. In fact, children learn more from visual content than any other type.

In the example above, you can see that the explanation is related to the main idea, but it does not clarify why or how visual images can shape children’s perceptions. This is an incomplete argument with or without an example.

Corrected: On the one hand, it is true that visual images have a significant impact on shaping children’s perception of life. In fact, the more a child is exposed to content that suggests violence as the solution for all situations, the more chance he or she will normalize violence. As a result, violent acts that are classified as criminal offenses become acceptable, hence the increase in crime rates. In 2010, a teenage Vietnamese boy of 15 years old committed an unspeakable crime to his grandmother to steal her money for his video games because he believed she would be resurrected as the characters in his games always did.