Some People Say That Now Is the Best Time in History to Be Living IELTS

Some people say that now is the best time in history to be living.

What is your opinion about this?

What other time in history would be interesting to live in?

This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 16 General Training Test 4 Writing Task 2.

Sample essay

Some people feel that we are living in the best time of all (You could also use “the best of all times”). I completely agree with this point of view because of the long life expectancy we have. However, a more interesting time to live would be the post-World War II era, in the U.S.

We live much longer lives thanks to advances in medical science. Before the 21st century, people often died from infections that can easily be treated today. However, now, even cancer could be cured. Take those with kidney failure. They could get a kidney transplant and go on to live for another five or even ten years. What could be better than having a second chance at life? 

However, the best time to be alive doesn’t mean the most interesting time to be alive. I think you would have much more fun living in the U.S. after World War II. At that time, the U.S. economy experienced unprecedented growth. Suddenly, blue-collar Americans could afford things once considered high-class. Imagine you are a factory worker living in that era. All of a sudden, you own a television and a car. During off-hours, you can watch your favorite TV shows at home or drive to your favorite places to have a blast. How interesting your life has become! 

In conclusion, we are living longer and this makes now the best time to be alive. However, a more interesting time to live would be postwar America because, all of a sudden, you could afford so many things that would have been too expensive to buy.

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Tenses

Here are some possible tenses you could use when answering the second question “what other time in history would be interesting to live in”.

  • If you are simply talking about the past, the past tense should be used.

Example: A more interesting time to live would be postwar America because, all of a sudden, you could afford so many things that would have been too expensive to buy.

  • However, in the example below, the present simple is used. This is because you are inviting your readers to suppose that they are living in postwar America NOW.

Example: Imagine you live in postwar America. All of a sudden, you can afford so many things that were once too expensive to buy.

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