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Friday, April 1, 2011

S200 groups: Essay on pets

You have 40 minutes to do this task.  please bring the essay to class one week after you received the assignment.

Comment on the following statement.

In Western countries, people spend a lot of money on their pets. They buy special food for their cats and dogs, buy them toys, and often pay high fees for medical treatment. Some people think this is a waste of money, and argue that pets are dirty and dangerous.

What can you say for and against having a pet? Do people have to spend too much money on pets?

Write 200-250 words. Use the following plan:

  • give a general outline of the problem
  • outline the points FOR
  • outline the points AGAINST
  • draw a conclusion weighing up the points outlined

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