Guide: Imaginative Essays at B1 Level

Most imaginative essays are a form of narrative, or story. This blog will return to the writing of good stories at a later date. What we would like to start with is the challenge of writing an essay at this level which asks you to use your imagination but in standard discussion format. In this type of essay, you need to be able to use your imagination to put yourself in a hypothetical situation such as being someone or even something else, living in another time in the future, or perhaps the distant past. You imagine what a situation will be like, used to be like, would be like, or you put yourself directly into that situation and imagine what it is like. 

The tenses which are usually essential for this type of essay are therefore;

  • the present tenses, both simple and continuous     
  • the future simple ‘will’ 
  • used to
  • the second conditional, including modals might, could
  • the past simple

In addition, you need to be able to use adverbs and expressions of probability, such as  

  •       probably/ possibly/ definitely
  •       there’s no chance that 
  •       is more likely/less likely than…

As the situations are not real but just what you think, your essay is all about what you believe and what your opinion is, not what the facts are. You therefore also need to be able to use phrases such as 

 I believe… / I think that…/ I don’t think that… / In my opinion…

The imaginative discussion essay therefore requires quite specific structures but not necessarily a very wide range of them. If you are confident with the second conditional, for example, and can reproduce it for different situations and ideas you will be able to produce an excellent B2 level composition around this tense alone.

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