TOEFL writing sample
5. A company has announced that it wishes to build a large factory near
your community. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this new
influence on your community. Do you support or oppose the factory?
Explain your position.
New factories often bring many good things to a community, such as jobs
and increased prosperity. However, in my opinion, the benefits of having
a factory are outweighed by the risks. That is why I oppose the plan to
build a factory near my community.
I believe that this city would be harmed by a large factory. In
particular, a factory would destroy the quality of the air and water in
town. Factories bring smog and pollution. In the long run, the
environment will be hurt and people's health will be affected. Having a
factory is not worth that risk.
Of course, more jobs will be created by the factory. Our population will
grow. To accommodate more workers, more homes and stores will be needed.
Do we really want this much growth, so fast? If our town is going to
grow, I would prefer slow growth with good planning. I don't want to see
rows of cheaply constructed townhouses. Our quality of life must be
I believe that this growth will change our city too much. I love my
hometown because it is a safe, small town. It is also easy to travel
here. If we must expand to hold new citizens, the small town feel will
be gone. I would miss that greatly.
A factory would be helpful in some ways. However, I feel that the
dangers are greater than the benefits. I cannot support apian to build a
factory here, and hope that others feel the same way.