Practising Essay Style

Practising Essay Style for Essay Structure

Like all things, the more you practice your essay writing, the easier it gets.
In this lesson, we are going to look at a sample of writing and change it into an essay style.

How to Get the Essay Style Right

Now, we are going to practise writing in an essay style.
In the first lesson, we looked at an example question:
‘Why can’t pigs fly?’
Here is another answer to that question.
I think that pigs are too stupid to fly because they don’t really have any way of being able to fly. Like, all they do is sit in mud and mess around all day and get fat and it’s because they’re so fat they can’t fly.
Let’s go step-by-step to re-write it an essay style.

Step One of Practising Essay Style

First, let us get rid of all the contractions that are in this answer.

I think that pigs are too stupid to fly because they don’t really have any way of being able to fly. Like, all they do is sit in mud and mess around all day and get fat and it’s because they’re so fat they can’t fly.

I think that pigs are too stupid to fly because they do not really have any way of being able to fly. Like, all they do is sit in mud and mess around all day and get fat and it is because they are so fat they cannot fly.

Step Two of Practising Essay Style

Then, we get rid of all the colloquial language and expressions that are in this essay.

I think that pigs are too stupid to fly because they do not really have any way of being able to fly. Like, all they do is sit in mud and mess around all day and get fat and it is because they are so fat they cannot fly.

I think that pigs are too stupid to fly because they do not really have any way of being able to fly. All they do is sit in mud in leisure all day and get fat and it is because they are so fat they cannot fly.

Step Three of Practising Essay Style

Now we can rid of feelings and comments. We will also get rid of ‘I’

I think that pigs are too stupid to fly because they do not really have any way of being able to fly. All they do is sit in mud in leisure all day and get fat and it is because they are so fat they cannot fly.

Pigs cannot fly because they do not really have any way of being able to fly. They are fat and it is because they are so fat they cannot fly.

Step Four of Practising Essay Style

Now, we can start to be specific. That means we can add extra information and make our point stronger.

Pigs cannot fly because they do not really have any way of being able to fly. They are fat and it is because they are so fat they cannot fly.

Pigs cannot fly because they do not have wings. They are fat and it is because they are so fat they cannot fly.

Step Five of Practising Essay Style

Finally, we must try to keep our answer on topic.

Pigs cannot fly because they do not have wings. They are fat and it is because they are so fat they cannot fly.
Change the second sentence

Pigs cannot fly because they do not have wings. Without wings, they are unable to fly like birds can.

Finished!

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