1. These days we often hear about…. They argue that…. But is it really so? Close analysis does not bear out the argument.
These days we often hear about “the classless society”. They say that all men are equal, and they can enjoy the same educational and job opportunities, and the distinction between rich and poor has lost. But has it? Close examination does not bear out the claim.
2. Last Sunday, a friend of mine…. The case is not unique, it is typical of thousands of…
The other day, I met Miss Lee, my old classmate, who told me that she had decided to quit her job as a teacher at the end of the school year and to go into a company. Miss Lee’s case is not unusual, it is typical of thousands of young teachers who are quitting their jobs in search of more profitable work.
3. why… what… can…? Of all the questions I have heard, this is the most frequently heard of.
Can machines be as intelligent as human beings? Of all the discussion and debate about artificial-intelligence machines and their relation to human intelligence we have heard these days, this is the one most frequently voiced….
4.When it comes to…, some people think / believe that…; others argue that the opposite is true. There is probably some truth in both arguments, but …
When it comes to what makes the world go round, some persons say that it is love. Others of a less romantic and more practical turn of mind say that it isn’t love; it is money. But the truth is that it is energy that makes the world go round.
5. Recently the question / problem of… has drawn /aroused public concern.
In recent years an interesting fact has been brought to public attention: as educational levels, salaries, and the cost of living have increased, more and more people are now having fewer and fewer children to the point where schools in many cities have to close down.
6. When asked about…, most / many / quite a few people believe that…; but other people view it quite differently.
When asked about the biggest problem today, many people say that it is the serious energy crisis. They are afraid that the world will soon run out of oil and run short of food. But other people hold optimistic views: they regard it as a natural result of the economic development and believe it will be only solved with further advances in economy and technology.
7. There is a general discussion nowadays about the issue / problem of…. Those who oppose / criticize / object to… argue that…. They believe that…. But people who advocate / favor…, on the other hand, maintain that….
There is much discussion today about whether fast economic growth is desirable. Those who criticize economic growth argue that we must slow down. They believe that society is approaching certain limits on growth. These include the fixed supply of natural resources, and the possible negative effects of industry on the natural environment. People who want more economic growth, on the other hand, argue that even at the present growth rate there are still many poor people. They maintain that only continued growth can create the capital needed to improve the quality of life and provide the financial resources required to protect our natural surroundings from industrialization.