Essay tips: What are body paragraphs, and how to write them

Body of the essay(skeleton framework)

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You use examples as you wish. It’s an easy way to support your ideas but not the only way. You make the decision of what suits you and what is best for your essay.

Hi Liz,thank you so much for your wonderful advice and video lessons. Must I give an example to back my point in the two body paragraphs of the academic writing task2? Should I give examples only when it is feasible?

There are only two statements needed for the introduction in writing task 2: . See all tips and lessons on this page; . Please get my advanced lessons as they explain in great depth exactly how to write an IELTS essay:

You have done one mistake while explaining the criterias of paragraphs and the mistake is…… (Can I have 4 or 5 body paragraphs?

Hello Liz,
Thanks for the reply.
Took my IELTS few days ago. The Speaking section didn’t go well, I could speak for around 30 sec only for the cue card, apart from that the rest was ok. The LRW was good enough.
Your blog has been really helpful. For the writing task 2, the task was to discuss two views, and that was very similar to the model essay posted by you under the agree /disagree model answer.
How much will the cue card task affect my speaking scores?

Essay Tips: How to Write Body Paragraphs

Although I have seen your sample essays that all contain 2-3 body paragraphs, but still its confusing because you also mentioned that to increase the score 4-5 body paragraphs are required.

The longer an essay is, the more body paragraphs there ..

Hey Liz!Do i need to write background statement in the introduction paragraph in all types of essay?Or only in opinion giving types?

Just start writing where you want on the paper – at the top is best. If you don’t understand the words in the question, you have a problem because you are marked on your answer. So, try your best to get as close to the issues as possible. However, nearly all IELTS essay questions are written clearly and are easy to understand.

The recommended number of paragraphs for an IELTS essay is 4 or 5

Your main ideas are not off topic at all. You’ve organised your ideas and paragraphs very well. But some of your supporting points might less focused. For example, in your first body paragraph you are absolutely right to write about children becoming self absorbed which could continue into their adult life. This is relevant because the essay question is about a society of individuals. But your point about parents not being able to control them is not on topic – this is not about parental control, it’s about selfishness. Even with minor points lacking a bit of focus, it is still possible to hit band 7 in Task Response.


Body paragraphs are the part of an essay, report, or speech that explains and develops the main idea (or thesis).

And now, here comes my question: are those ideas off-topic? I have not presented them the way I did in my essay (as I know that Liz does not comment on writing anymore). But, do they seem irrelevant, at a first glance? I am really concerned about this and I would appreciate a reply, either by Liz or whoever could help me. Thank you in advance, and I apologise for the long post.

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In the second body paragraph (about the importance of decision-making by children on everyday issues), I stated that children learn how to be independent, as they are taught by experience and create their own personality. I presented an example of the way a child chooses to dress up, as clothes allow people to express themselves in a unique way.

The function of the essay's body is to fully develop the argument outlined in the introduction

In the first body paragraph (about children becoming egoistic), my main idea was about children not being mature enough to define what is right and what is wrong, therefore making extreme efforts to persuade their parents to fulfil their wishes, which results in the development of a spoiled character. Consequently, children become self-absorbed and cannot be controlled by their parents.

Video embedded · This video will show you how to achieve unified, coherent body paragraphs in your essays

Each paragraph should have a central theme , a central topic. In an opinion essay, each paragraph contains one main point for your view with supporting points. In a advantage/disadvantage essay, each paragraph has a central theme – advantages in one paragraph and disadvantages in the other. Body paragraphs for writing task 2 should be reasonably balanced in length – unlike task 1 where they can be of different lengths. See the model essays for task 2 on this page: