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July 21, 2012
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Happiness is considered very important in life.  Why is it difficult to define?   What factors are important in achieving happiness? 

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

At the present age, the economy growing rapidly which lead to the dramatic increasing of the living standards of residents particularly in developing nations. However, at the meantime, the incremental number of citizens tend to regard money as the sense of happiness. Admittedly, fortune can bring happiness to some needy groups while it is thoroughly inappropriate because different individuals have disparate meaning of happiness, by that I mean, we cannot crave the definition of happiness in one stone.

Happiness is a sense of psychology which determines by the mind. Thus, the sentiments of happiness cannot be same. For instance, being wealthy tend to be the definition of impoverished households while the standpoint in affluent families would regard family bond as happiness which is priceless.

In order to achieving happiness, individuals would be better to have a sincere heart to respect their lives. By that I mean, people should satisfy and appreciate the things they already achieved rather than calling more constantly. In addition, having a harmony family which supports you unswervingly regardless of what the financial status it is. Family is the harbor where persistently in favor the member of the household whether failed or succeed. Furthermore, peaceful environment of life plays the dominant role of feeling happiness. Although most of individuals still living in the imbalance society, they are much more fortunate compare to the people who living under the war such as Syrian, Libyan and Iraqi etc. The image showing in the website and television, it is noticeable that how miserable it is. War which not only ruining the economy of the country, but devastating the lives of the inhabitants. Without home and place, we hardly get anything.

Frankly, we already live in a happiness society although we frequently dissatisfy with it. There is no war and discrimination, we can do everything freely and without restraint. What’s more, we must have a family that loves ourselves undoubtedly. Cherishing the things we already have, otherwise we would feel regretted when we lose them.

July 22, 2012
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Hi David

Thanks for this essay as well.

I've a lot of comments.The essay has an unusual layout. What is that second paragraph about, and why is it so short? Where is your thesis sentence? What is the main idea of Paragraph Three? What is the topic sentence for Paragraph Three -  does it tell the reader what the entire paragraph is about?

Shorten/Simplify

You wrote:

At the present age, the economy growing rapidly which lead to the dramatic increasing of the living standards of residents particularly in developing nations. (24 words)

Here’s one possible rewrite:

Today, the economy IS growing rapidly, and this has led to a dramatic increase in living standards in many countries.  (20 words)  OR 

Today’s rapid economic growth has led to increased living standards for many people. (13 words)  OR   
  
Economic growth has meant improved living standards for many people. (10 words)

You wrote:

However, at the meantime, the incremental number of citizens tend to regard money as the sense of happiness.

This does not link smoothly to the previous sentence. Check the official descriptors for IELTS Task 2 Writing (public version) here, under Coherence and Cohesion (how to link sentences).  Why write 'incremental'?  It's not correct. Just say 'more.' Here are some possible rewrites:

However, it has also resulted in a more materialistic society. (10 words)  OR
 
However, these improved living standards have also led many people to equate money with happiness.  (15 words)

Shorten/Simplify

This is a 36-word monster with many weaknesses in word choice:

Admittedly, fortune can bring happiness to some needy groups while it is thoroughly inappropriate because different individuals have disparate meaning of happiness, by that I mean, we cannot crave the definition of happiness in one stone.

Seriously, don’t have any sentences longer than 25 words.  Warning bells should go off at 20 words. Get rid of all long, rambling sentences. Have a maximum of one or two ideas per sentence. There are far too many ideas in your sentence. Here’s one possible rewrite:

While money can definitely improve the lives of very poor people, it will not bring happiness to everyone. People are different, and happiness means different things to each person. (29 words, Four ideas, TWO sentences, 14.5 words per sentence)

You wrote:

Family is the harbor where persistently in favor the member of the household whether failed or succeed.

I’m not sure what you mean.  Perhaps this is one possible rewrite:

Your family protects you in failure or in success.  OR
  
Family members support each other regardless of success or failure.

Thesis Sentence

Where is your thesis sentence in the introduction? You need a thesis sentence to remind you what you are going to do in your essay. Your reader needs a thesis sentence to help him or her predict how your essay will be laid out, and perhaps to learn your opinion. Your IELTS examiners want to see a thesis sentence so that they can give you a good mark for organization and paragraphing.

(Have a look at the official descriptors for IELTS Task 2 Writing (public version) here, under Coherence and Cohesion, for “a clear central topic in each paragraph.”)

Coherence and Cohesion

You wrote two nice short sentences here, but they are not linked well:

Happiness is a sense of psychology which determines by the mind. Thus, the sentiments of happiness cannot be same.

Here’s one possible rewrite:

Happiness is a psychological state which people experience in different ways.   OR Happiness means different things to different people.

One idea per sentence:

Don’t tag on a clause or phrase at the end of a sentence. You wrote:

For instance, being wealthy tend to be the definition of impoverished households while the standpoint in affluent families would regard family bond as happiness which is priceless.

Here’s one possible rewrite:

For instance, impoverished households might dream of being wealthy, while affluent families might equate family bonds with happiness.

Try and put people first in your sentences.  It makes the grammatical subject easier and the essay more personal.

Word Choice/Word Form/Usage

  • In order to achieving happiness → In order to achieve happiness
       
  • Frankly, we already live in a happiness society although we frequently dissatisfy with it.→ Frankly, even if we are frequently unsatisfied, most of us already live in a happy society.  OR Even if we are sometimes dissatisfied, most of us have everything we need to be happy.
       
  • Furthermore, a peaceful environment of life plays the dominant role of feeling happiness.→ A peaceful environment is also important.
       
  • Although most of individuals still living in the imbalance society, they are much more fortunate compare to the people who living under the war such as Syrian, Libyan and Iraqi etc.

Avoid using ‘etc’ or ‘and so on.’

A peaceful environment is also important. It is difficult to imagine how people living through conflicts such as in Iraq or Syria can feel safe or secure. (31 words)

  • The image showing in the website and television, it is noticeable that how miserable it is.

Shorten/Simplify

  • individuals would be better to have a sincere heart to respect their lives. [unclear -  too many ideas]

You wrote:

By that I mean, people should satisfy and appreciate the things they already achieved rather than calling more constantly. (19 words)

By that I mean, people should be satisfied with what they have. (12 words)  OR

I think people should appreciate what they have. (7 words)

 Punctuation: Fragment

This is not a sentence – it’s a fragment Read more about Fragments or Comma Splices.

 In addition, having a harmony family which supports you unswervingly regardless of what the financial status it is

Here’s one possible rewrite:

Harmonious family relationships are important for happiness.  OR
  
Your family’s support can make you happy regardless of your financial situation.

Here’s another fragment:

Cherishing the things we already have, otherwise we would feel regretted when we lose them.

Here are some possible rewrites:

We need to cherish what we have.  OR  

If we do not appreciate what we have, we will regret it when we lose it.

Punctuation: Comma Splice

Don’t use commas to join what should be separate sentences:

There is no war and discrimination, we can do everything freely and without restraint.

It’s easy to fix this error -  just replace the comma with a full stop, or use a conjunction (‘and’ or ‘but’). Here’s one possible rewrite:

There is no war and discrimination. We can do everything freely and without restraint.  OR  

There is no war and discrimination and we can do almost everything freely and without restraint.

Not only/But also

War which not only ruining the economy of the country, but devastating the lives of the inhabitants.

Don’t use 'not only / but also'. Most people get it wrong. Use simpler structures:

War ruins a country’s economy and devastates the lives of its people. 

David, don't be afraid to write short sentences. Have a mix of long (12-20 words) and short (5-10), but don't have too many ideas in any one sentence. Aim for the simplest possible way of expressing your ideas. Do NOT try to cram in everything you have learned. 

July 23, 2012
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Hey, Enda, agian, thx a lot. U had given me tens of great ideas.

 

I am definitely freak out when I see ur comments cause I had cultivate this weird custom.

 

I just figure out these methods. First, just write down and revise it by myself with ur advises. Then, paste it on here and trouble u to fix it. Next, rewrite it. Finally, again, paste it here. Does it work out?

 

I have another question, I had seen various gays have the statistic tools which calculate the words, average length and so forth, where can I get it?

 

I guess I have a long path to go.

July 24, 2012
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Hey, Enda, I just practice to rewrite my essay, alomost changed the entire aritcle.
 
I just make the sentence shortern and simplify, while it cost me a long time. I don't know how to improve my writing skills. When I see your comments and modify, shall I rewrite or else? I am quite confused about how to make the good use of your help.
 
Thx a lot, here's my rewrite. I hope it will be better. If it much better than I used to be, I would try in this style.
 
Nowadays, growing economy has lead to the improvement of our living standards. However, increasing individuals tend to equate happiness with money in this regard. This essay will consider why happiness is difficult to define and what the essential elements to achieve happiness are.
 
Happiness is a sense of psychology which determines by minds. First of all, each person would have their own sentiments about happiness. Citizens who live in poverty may regard affluent life as happiness while the wealthy care more about family bonds. Another point is happiness is prevalent in anywhere if we contemplate it seriously. Everybody seems too busy to thinking the definition of happiness. This is the real reason that we ignore it naturally. Frequently, only if they lose something, they would start to cherish the thing they have. In addition, the words are restricted to describe the complicated feelings of human. For instance, we usually cannot express our minds exactly in words due to the limited.
 
In order to achieve happiness, individuals should take actions both from psychological and physical. Being respected to their lives should be done at the first place. By that I mean, people should be satisfied with what they have, and stop calling more constantly. Furthermore, the supportive of family regardless of your financial situation makes people feel comfortable. Be it in success or in failure, family will support you consistently. Thirdly, a peaceful society is required. While plenty of people still living in the imbalanced society in my country, they are much fortunate than the one who living through conflicts such as Syria now.  War can easily ruin not only the economic, but also jeopardize the future of the citizens.
 
To conclude, we have not defined happiness accurately due to various reasons- different attitudes toward to it, careless, and word limited. We need to cherish and satisfy our lives in peace, and more importantly, the supportive household.
 
Flesch Kincaid Reading Ease 54.6
Flesch Kincaid Grade Level 9.2
Gunning Fog Score 13.3
SMOG Index 9.8
Coleman Liau Index 14.4
Automated Readability Index 9.9

Text Statistics
No. of sentences 22
No. of words 316
No. of complex words 62
Percent of complex words 19.62%
Average words per sentence 14.36
Average syllables per word 1.63

July 25, 2012
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Hi David!

Thanks for taking the time to rewrite the essay.

It's definitely better! Your essay and sentences are still quite dense (a lot of information is packed into them, and the reader has to do quite a lot of work to grasp them, but overall the meaning is clear and the organization is generally clear.

I would change your topic sentence for Paragraph Two, or else I would edit the content of the paragraph slightly. For example:

There are some basic guidelines and requirements for happiness.  In the first place, people should learn to appreciate their lives more. By that I mean, people should be satisfied with what they have, and stop constantly looking for more.  Furthermore, family support can be a huge help. Be it in success or in failure, families can provide consistent backing, social interaction, and practical help. Thirdly, a peaceful society is essential. While plenty of people complain about their living conditions, they are much more fortunate than people who are living in conflicts such as Syria.  War devastates lives and deprives people of the right to security, dignity, freedom and a future.

I hope the practice here is good for your upcoming test!

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