"Governments must ensure that their major cities receive the financial support they need in order to thrive, because it is primarily in cities that a nation's cultural traditions are preserved and generated."

Could you please give me some advices? Thank you so much!!!
Sorry Jeff-- what is it we are supposed to do for you with this sentence?
Thanks for your replying, Mr. Micawber. It is an issue topic appearing in the analytical writing section of GRE General Test. I have no idea how to write it, either to agree with the speaker's claim or to disgree with it.

Could you please tell me what should I focus on to write?

For example, the claim seems reasonable by saying that because it is primarily in cities that a nation's culture traditions are preserved and generated, the finacial support for the cities must be ensured in order to thrive. But I see there are weak points. I just don't know where? Maybe the nation's culture traditions are preserved and generated well primarily in village.
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Yes, that's a good possibility. Or the preservation should be moved to the village. Or the financial burden is too great, if the culture cannot sustain itself. We can help you with your English, but we really can't help you practice thinking-- you need to think of an angle of attack yourself, one that youthink you can defend with reasons and examples. I don't know what you know, so you have to find that angle. Here there are two basic theses: (1) it is primarily in cities that a nation's culture traditions are preserved, and (2) financial support for the cities must be ensured in order to thrive. You should consider the validity of each one separately.

The analytic writing is no different than other essays, in that you need an introduction (statement of the options), thesis statement (your choice of options), a body (defense of your viewpoint using general statements supported by details/examples), and a strong conclusion.

GRE is not so concerned with which position you take, as they are with how well you analyze the situation and state your findings.

"It is the artist, not the critic,* who gives society something of lasting value."

Thank you, Mr. Micawber. And it is indeed true. But remember the first time I logged in here with an essay topic.

"Have you ever walked through the aisles of a warehouse store like Costco or Sam’s Club and wondered who would buy a jar of mustard a foot and a half tall? We’ve bought it, but it didn’t stop us from wondering about other things, like absurd eating contests, impulse buys, excess, unimagined uses for mustard, storage, preservatives, notions of bigness...and dozens of other ideas both silly and serious. Write an essay somehow inspired by super-huge mustard."

It was hard for me to comprehend the topic at that time. So I resorted to you. You illuminated that it implied us the portion size of food or beverage in the U.S. was becoming larger, and it 'contributed to' the fact that more and more American adults were found to be obese. Thanks to your illumination, I had my essay done easily.

I know it is not just about English. It is more about thinking. But if the topic IS not hard to understand, I would not dare bother you teachers, really.

Next time, I'll just request you to help me analyze the topic, instead of asking for ideas on how to attack others' claims or defense my own claim by which angle. Is that okay?

You know, I really need your help.

Ah, yes-- I recall the giant mustard. That was a strange one.
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