What is the purpose of an opinion essay alright we’re not quite looking for the meaning of life yet so the purpose of an essay based on opinion an opinion essay or persuasive essay is to persuade the reader right I mean it seems it seems obvious but it’s it’s a good thing to consider that the point of your essay is to persuade the reader to influence the readers perspective or to influence the readers point of view you may not change their mind completely but you can you can influence their opinion in some way or you can at least get them to say okay your opinion is is valid we got a question coming in from Rosa in an opinion essay can I use the pronoun I or just hide behind my arguments to be objective that’s a good question Rosa and I would say.
If you are talking about formal academic essays for university or college I would say absolutely do not use the pronoun I don’t say in my opinion or or I think just present your opinions I’m not sure yeah hide hide behind those you could say that I guess but for an essay for like an IELTS test or a TOEFL exam they actually are okay with you saying I and I think and in my opinion so the answer to that question is just always know what the requirements are for that particular essay right what does your teacher want or what does the examiner want Mohammad is here it says hi everybody hi Mohammed so this is the purpose okay the purpose is to influence the reader which brings me to the first tip of the day okay the first tip is consider your audience now what do I mean consider your audience who is your audience what does the audience mean well the audience is is the reader right the audience is the person you’re trying to persuade right the person who disagrees with you is your audience this is the the purpose of the essay is to persuade this person so that’s that’s who you’re writing for for okay.
For example look at this look at this opinion I’m going to read this opinion I want to know in the chat if anybody disagrees with this opinion okay I say the government the government should reduce airfare meaning air ticket prices the government should reduce airfare for international students wanting to study abroad okay so if you are an international student and you want to come to Canada to study English I think the government should give you a a discount for your plane ticket how do you guys feel about that you guys agree with that or do you disagree I am going to guess I’m going to assume that you are probably going to agree with this right not many of you are going to disagree what you you may write Ralph agrees completely agree suede Rosa yes they should yes of course of course you agree you agree because yeah I’m gone you agree everybody agrees totally agree yeah will you agree because you are not my audience because most of you are students of English who would probably either have studied in in another country or would like to study in another country so of course you are going to agree with this so for this opinion you are not my reader you are not who I’m trying to persuade.
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