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Some people believe that handwriting is no longer useful in the modern world and should not be taught in schools. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Writing with hand gives a sense of happiness that cannot be felt when we use a typewriter or any other writing tool. In addition, it has certain other advantages over those of the modern world. So, I strongly feel that schools should continue to teach handwriting.

First, when we write with our hand, we sense of personal connect with not only the words but also the person to whom we write. We feel this connect more when we write to our dearest ones. This gives us a great amount of happiness. Further, the handwritten word written in a way which is unique to every individual evokes the feelings of love, affection and kindness in the reader and makes him or her feel the presence of the writer. This is the reason people get emotional when they read personal diaries of their friends or relatives. On the other hand, the printed word, which has a fixed form and size, does not evoke such feelings. The sharp or generic contours of the letters seem to represent a serious tone or a sense of formality.

Further, though the advancements in technology have provided us with various forms of writing tools, writing with hand is a simple and more reliable choice. The problems with typewriters is that sometimes, when the keys get stuck, the letters get piled on top of each other. Another problem with them is improper installation of ribbons. In the case of modern writing tools, most of them require electricity or at least a battery with adequate charge. But, writing with hand requires just a pen and a sheet of paper. Further, it does not confine us to a particular place for electricity or other requirements.

In conclusion, schools should not only continue teaching handwriting to students but also help them understand the benefits of writing with hand.

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vsureshSome people believe that handwriting is no longer useful in the modern world and should not be taught in schools. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Writing with hand (wrong expression - with an old-fashioned pen or pencil. ) gives a sense of happiness that cannot be felt when we use a typewriter (That is very very old-fashioned. Don't you mean a keyboard?) or any other writing tool. (Hmm. A brush, maybe, or a quill pen or stylus? ) In addition, it has certain other advantages over those of the modern world. So, I strongly feel that schools should continue to teach handwriting.


The essay question is: To what extent do you agree or disagree? To answer clearly you must use an adverb of extent. Do you know them?


First, when we write with our hand, we sense of personal connect (Wrong word. connect is a verb.) with not only the words but also the person to whom we write. We feel this connect more when we write to our dearest ones. This gives us a great amount of happiness. Further, the handwritten note/letter word written in a way which is unique to every individual evokes the feelings of love, affection and kindness in the reader and makes him or her feel the presence of the writer. This is the reason people get emotional when they read personal diaries of their friends or relatives. On the other hand, the printed word, which has a fixed form and size, does not evoke such feelings. The sharp or generic contours of the letters seem to represent a serious tone or a sense of formality.

Further, though the advancements in technology (That is very very general, and a much overused and hackneyed phrase. Be specific.) computers, tablets and smart phones have provided us with electronic communications such as emails and text messages, various forms of writing tools, writing with hand is a simple and more reliable choice. The problems with typewriters (I don't know anyone who owns a mechanical typewriter. Maybe they exist in government offices that have not been computerized.) is that sometimes, when the keys get stuck, they letters get piled on top of each other. Another problem with them is improper installation of ribbons. In the case of modern writing tools, most of them require electricity or at least a battery with adequate charge. But, writing with hand requires just a pen and a sheet of paper. Further, it does not confine us to a particular place for electricity or other requirements.

In conclusion, schools should not only continue teaching handwriting to students but also help them understand the benefits of writing with hand.

Thank you very much for your corrections and comments.

AlpheccaStarsWriting with hand (wrong expression - with an old-fashioned pen or pencil. )

Do I need to use writing with pen or pencil? I am sorry. I understood I should not use writing with hand but am not clear what should be used in its place.

AlpheccaStars (That is very very old-fashioned. Don't you mean a keyboard?)

I meant mechanical typewriters only. But seeing your comments I think I should have used keyboard. In my place , computers are used in most of the places. However, in some remote regions, people working in government departments—just as you have said—continue to use mechanical typewriters.

AlpheccaStars(Hmm. A brush, maybe, or a quill pen or stylus? )

Thank you for highlighting this error. I should not have used any other writing tool such because one's handwriting determines how well one writes using not only pen or pencil but also brush or quill or stylus.

Instead I should have mentioned communicating through text messages or emails.

AlpheccaStarsTo what extent do you agree or disagree? To answer clearly you must use an adverb of extent. Do you know them?

I understand. I know some of them but do not use them much while writing. Henceforth, I will use them in this kind of essays.

Completely, fully, very, and extremely are some of them. Am I correct?

AlpheccaStarsconnect (Wrong word. connect is a verb.)

Understood. Even as I was using it I had this doubt. Seeing it being used in this quite commonly in our place, I went ahead.

AlpheccaStarsThat is very very general, and a much overused and hackneyed phrase. Be specific.) computers, tablets and smart phones have provided us with electronic communications such as emails and text messages,

You have told me about this already—Be specific. I will be careful.

AlpheccaStarswhen the keys get stuck, they letters get

Understood.


Thank you once again for taking time to check my work so closely.


Suresh

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vsureshDo I need to use writing with a pen or pencil?

Yes. Handwriting is writing with / using a pen or pencil.


Calligraphy is writing with a brush or quill pen.

Calligraphy is a treasured art form in Chinese and Islamic societies.

Cuneiform writing (one of the oldest forms) used a stylus.

vsureshCompletely, fully, very, and extremely are some of them. Am I correct?

Not very or extremely.

It is good to know a good handful of adverbs of extent because this is a very common prompt in IELTS Task 2 essays.

Complete agreement:
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completely
fully
totally
wholeheartedly
unreservedly
with no reservations
without reservation
unequivocally
unquestionably
with no hesitation
unconditionally

Partial agreement:
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somewhat
partially
partly
to some extent
with (some / certain / a few) reservations
conditionally

Slight agreement
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a little (bit)

vsureshSome people believe that handwriting is no longer useful in the modern world and should not be taught in schools. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Here is my example essay for this topic. What do you think?


There is a petition to take handwriting lessons out of public education, arguing that keyboard skills are more important and handwriting has become obsolete. I could not disagree more with this utterly preposterous suggestion.

First, little children have to learn the shapes and forms of the letters of the alphabet. They can learn by seeing the letters and listening to the sounds they make, but that does not help pupils who are fundamentally tactile or kinesthetic learners. Drawing the letters with colored markers, crayons or chalk reinforces the shapes and accelerates their ability to read. It also allows learning disabilities such as dyslexia to be detected very early; if a child draws the letter as a mirror image, or confuses "b" and "d", they can be put in special classes where they can get special attention.

Second, there are many instances where, as adults and older students, they will have to use handwriting skills. Taking exams in paper booklets, filling out forms, writing entries in a personal diary and even cheating in class by passing notes surreptitiously to a classmate requires legible handwriting. There are many situations where you have to take a written exam and a computer, phone, or other electronic device is forbidden in the examination room. If one's handwriting is illegible, messy or otherwise unreadable, the examiner may not be able to understand it and give a failing grade.

Third, in most countries and cultures, calligraphy, or "beautiful writing," is a treasured and valued skill. Illuminated manuscripts, verses from the Qu'ran, or Haiku poetry on Japanese scrolls are perfect examples. In the US, a written invitation to a special occasion like a wedding or funeral shows utmost respect and sincerity. Also, a handwritten note of sympathy conveys a depth of emotion that cannot be expressed as an email or text message.

For these reasons, and undoubtedly many more, I wholeheartedly endorse the continuation of teaching handwriting at all levels of school. It is a precious and valuable skill to have.

Honestly, I don't have words to appreciate.

The reasons are striking and you have expressed every idea in an impressive style.

The most important thing is you have carefully highlighted the significance of handwriting.


It is early morning here. I read it once just as I woke up. Will read it a few more times. I want to.


Thank you very much for sharing it.


Suresh

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I made a couple of silly mistakes which I fixed.
Proofreading your own words is very difficult.

I am the editor of a newsletter, and have two or three good writers, besides myself, to do the proofreading. It's amazing that they can catch mistakes that I miss.

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AlpheccaStarsI could not disagree more with this utterly preposterous suggestion.

You mean you disagree with the notion that handwriting should not be taught in schools.

Nhật BìnhYou mean you disagree with the notion that handwriting should not be taught in schools.

Yes. I disagree with that proposition. I offer three arguments why handwriting should be taught in schools.

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