托福#009:生活在大城市好是小城市好?

Nov 6, 2001

題目

Which do you think is preferable? Use specific examples to support your preference (300 words): Some people prefer to live in a small town. Others prefer to live in a big city.

網友習作

In the high-tech developing society, some people prefer to live in a big city, others like to live in a small city. In my opinion, living in a big city and living in a small city both have its advantages and disadvantages. However, I would like to live in a small city.

In the big city, the factories and the automobiles in the city pollute the air. Whenever you look at the sky, you will feel gloomy by the grey and dirty air. In addition, living in a big city, you have to share the limited place with a million of people, which mean you have to live in a small flat without any garden. Even though it is conveniences to travel in a big city by all means of transportation, there are always traffic jams, which make you feel annoy.

On the other hand, living in a small town, you can freely enjoy the fresh and clean air, which makes you healthy and pleasant. You live in a spacey place with a big garden. Even though there are not many automobiles available for you, you enjoy walking in the tiny road while breathing the smell of the soil and the fruits. What\’s more, the people living in a small town are kind and native to you, which makes you feel at home all the time.

I prefer living in a small town to living in a big city. The fresh air, the spacey living place and the pure people make me find out the meaning of real life.

範文

I grew up in a small town and then moved to a big city, so I have experienced the good and bad sides of both. I never thought that I would like living in a big city, but I was wrong. After ten years of living in one, I can\’t imagine ever living in a small town again.

Small towns and big cities both have some problems in terms of transportation. In a small town, you have to own a car to ensure a comfortable living. You can\’t get around without one because there isn\’t any kind of public transportation. Big cities generally have heavy traffic and expensive parking, but there you have a choice of taking public transportation. It\’s not free, but it\’s often cheaper than driving when you consider gas and time. Especially if you don\’t have a car, you\’re better off in the city.

I love the excitement of big cities. Small towns have a slow pace. Large cities mean you have to adapt to a variety of situations, like finding a new route to work or trying a new restaurant. I enjoy that challenge very much. Another pan of the excitement of city living is the variety of cultural activities available. There is a wide assortment of theatre, music and dance performances available in big cities. These things are rare in small ones.

The final thing I like about large cities is the diversity of the people. The United States is made up of people of different races, religions, abilities, and interests. However, you seldom find such a variety of people in a smaller town. I think that living in an area where everyone was just like me would quickly become boring.

Of course, security is a concern, and that\’s one area where small towns are superior to big cities. Still, I would rather be a bit more cautious and live in a large city than to feel secure but bored.