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Раздел 4 «Письмо»

Задание 40

Comment on the following statement.

It’s easier to make friends than to keep them.

What is your opinion? Do you agree with this statement?

Write 200 — 250 words.

Use the following plan:

  • Make the introduction (state the problem)
  • Express your personal opinion and give 2 – 3 reasons for your opinion
  • Express the opposing opinion and give 1 – 2 reasons for this opposing opinion
  • Explain why you don’t agree with the opposing opinion
  • Make a conclusion restating your position


The issue of making friends has been urgent from time immemorial.  Many young people believe that it is not a hard work to start new friendships nowadays. However, most adults are of the opinion that to keep old friends is easier. (41)

As for me, I do not find it difficult to socialize with new people and make friends with them. Firstly, if you are an easy-going person with lots of hobbies and interests, you can interact with new fellows joining different clubs. Secondly, you can make a lot of pen pals worldwide on the Internet. For example, such social nets as Facebook or GoSpeaky are very famous for searching buddies from different countries. Moreover, new mates are always ready to share their happy moments with you and this makes your life more exciting. (132)

On the contrary, some people consider that old friends are better because you have known them for years and can rely on them in difficult situations.  For example, old friends can lend you a big sum of money without hesitation. In addition, old friends are always trustworthy and unselfish.   (181)

In spite of the fact that old friends are those who can help us out in a fix, sometimes they may live a hundred miles away from us which makes real communication impossible. Besides, old friends may hardly surprise you because they are quite predictable. (226)

All in all, I think that in our versatile multinational world to make friends is easier and much more interesting than to keep in touch with your old ones. (255)