task：Some people prefer to live in a small town. Others prefer to live in a
big city. Which place would you prefer to live in? Use specific reasons and
details to support your answer.
The Advantages of City Life
There are undeniable advantages to both life in a big city and in a small
town. The former offers more excitement and convenience while the latter offers
a cleaner, quieter and often friendlier place to live. However, despite the
advantages of small town life, I prefer to live in a big city for several
First, life in the city is more convenient. More goods are available and
stores are open later. Also, there is better public transportation so it is
easier to get around. I can find almost anything I want easily in the city.
Second, there are more ways to spend leisure time in the city. There are many
places I can go to meet friends and have fun. Finally, and most importantly, the
city offers more educational and career opportunities. The city often attracts
the best teachers and the best companies. There is also a wider choice of jobs
so it is easier to move up the career ladder.
For all of these reasons, I prefer to live in the city. Although I
sometimes miss the fresh air and quiet life of a small town, nothing can make up
for the opportunities that the city offers me. If one wants to be successful, I
believe the best place to live is the city.
task："When people succeed, it is because of hard work. Luck has nothing to
do with success." Do you agree or disagree with the quotation above? Use
specific reasons and examples to explain your position.
The Role of Luck in Success
It has been said that when people succeed, it is because of hard work and
that luck has nothing to do with success. Although I believe that hard work is
very important and is the surest way to success for most people, I must disagree
with this statement. It cannot be denied that luck often plays an important role
in success. For example, many important discoveries have been made by accident.
There have been many cases of researchers and inventors making major
breakthroughs while they were actually trying to solve another problem or create
a different device.
Furthermore, there is something to be said for simply being in the right
place at the right time-perhaps meeting someone by chance who can offer a good
job or rare opportunity. And of course, there are the rare examples of gamblers
and lottery winners who beat the odds and achieve sudden and unexpected
While the influence of luck cannot be ignored, this is not to say that one
should depend on it and ignore the value of hard work. If one is willing to work
hard, I believe that success will eventually be achieved, with or without the
added benefit of luck. Moreover, hard work is often an essential ingredient of
luck because it enables one to take advantage of a lucky encounter. If the
scientist has not worked hard to develop his knowledge and skills, he may not
recognize that lucky breakthrough when it comes along. Therefore, my suggestion
is not to count on luck to bring you success. Instead, work hard and keep your
eyes open for that lucky opportunity.
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