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Unit 5 Fame and fortune

Writing a composition

The lottery

Read the model essay and complete gaps 1-6 with these words and phrases.

'The lottery can ruin people's lives.' Do you agree?

Ever since the lottery was invented in 1520, people all around the world have dreamed about becoming suddenly rich. Some people argue that the lottery is a bad thing, because it encourages people to waste money on a dream that won't come true. However other people claim the lottery is a good thing. It's fun and it can have a positive impact on at least a few people's lives.

First of all it is true that the lottery is exciting and entertaining. It could be you and if it isn't, it's always fascinating to see how the winner spends their money. They are able to change their lives, and make the lives of their friends and family a lot easier. In addition in many lotteries, some of the profit is given to charity. So even if you don't win, you are helping someone indirectly.

On the other hand the lottery can have a negative effect on people. People might become addicted to gambling and obsessed with special 'lucky' numbers. As a result they may get into debt so they can buy their tickets. And winning a million pounds doesn't guarantee happiness. A few winners complain that they have lost their friends or are bored because they no longer work. In my opinion these people have only themselves to blame.

To sum up it can be argued that the lottery does not ruin people's lives. It provides entertainment, helps to fund charities, and makes a few lucky people millionaires. That said, when people become addicted to gambling, then the lottery may have a negative impact. But we need to remember that it is only a game-people are able to choose whether they play it or not.

В Which word or phrase in A introduces:

a the order in which something happens? - first of all
b an example of the same thing? - in addition
с an example of a different thing? - on the other hand
d something that happens because of something else? - as a result
e a summary of what you have said? - to sum up

С Do you agree with the conclusion?

10 Writing

Use the notes and ideas in brackets to write this composition.

'The best things in life are free.' What do you think? Many people / argue that / can't buy / best things in life. For example (which things are free?) ... . However (would having money make these things easier to obtain?) ... . As a result this / not / easy question to answer. First of all, (can you buy friends / happiness?)... .In addition, (give other examples.) .... On the other hand, (would you have fewer worries if you had money?) ... . As a result (would you be happier?) ... . Moreover (give other examples) ... . To sum up (your conclusion - are the best things in life free?)... . Unit 1. BORN TO BE BRILLIANT. Writing descriptions. Travel and sightseeing.

Unit 2. THE WRONG MAN. Writing a profile. Words describing appearance.

Unit 3. TIMES PAST. Writing a Talk. The Millenium Dome.

Unit 4. SMALL BEGINNINGS. Writing a letter of complaint.

Unit 5.  FAME AND FORTUNE. Writing a composition. The Lottery.

Unit 6. TAKING RISKS. Writing a biography.


Unit 8.  WHAT IF ... ? Writing a discursive composition. An ideal job.

Unit 9. TRAVELLERS' TALES. Writing a story. My holiday nightmare.

Unit 10. THE RIGHT CHOICE. Writing a job application.

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