What do you want most in a friend — someone who is intelligent, or someone who has a sense of humor, or someone who is reliable?

What do you want most in a friend — someone who is intelligent, or someone who has a sense of humor, or someone who is reliable? Which one of these characteristics is most important to you? Use reasons and specific examples to explain your choice.

To my mind, it’s fine when you have friends, who are able to understand and support you and help in difficult situations. All people are different, and you’re lucky if you have a person who share you views on life, and who is able to understand you. If you have such a friend, a real soulmate, so you’re not alone. I’d like to tell you about my best friend. Her name’s Maira, she’s 19. Maira attended the same school as me. She’s tall and slim good looking girl with brown eyes and blonde hair. We have much in common with Maira and we enjoy communicating with each other. She studied well, and her favourite subject at school was English. Maria likes to study foreign languages. Besides English she studies French and Italian by herself. She buys teach yourself books, watch TV programs, listens to radio programs and read fiction in foreign languages. Maria wants to be interpreter, so she studies at the Linguistic University. When we gather together, we walk, watch new movies, discuss them and talk about everything. We like to spend time together. In summer we go to the beach, swim in the river and lakes, play sport games outdoors, and walk in the parks. In winter we go skiing and skating. We’ve been friends for a long time. We absolutely trust each other. I can tell Maira about all my troubles and I know that she always helps me, if she can. I can call Maria at night, and she won’t be offended at me. She always tries to understand me and my feelings. Maria knows that she can rely on me too. So we’re real friends indeed. I’m happy to have such a good friend as Maria.

 Some people say that computers have made life easier and more convenient. Other people say that computers have made life more complex and stressful. What is your opinion? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Nowadays, we cannot imagine our life without computers and the fact is that they have become so important that nothing can replace them. They seem to be everywhere today. Since 1948 when the first real computer has been invented our life has changed so much that we can call it real digital revolution. First computers differed from today’s ones. They were not faster than modern simple watches or calculators. Nowadays they are also used by scientist and they may also be as huge as the old ones but they are millions times faster. They can perform many complex operations simultaneously and scientist practically can’t do without them. Thanks to them people has access to enormous amount of information. Gathering data has never been more simple than now. They are not only used in laboratories but also in factories to control production. Sometimes it is computers who manufacture other computers. But not only in science and industry computers are being used. Thanks to them modern medicine can diagnose diseases faster and more thoroughly. Also in banking system computers have become irreplaceable. They control ATMs, all data is stored on special hard disks and paper isn’t used in accountancy any more. Furthermore, architects, designers and engineers can’t imagine their work without computers. This machines are really everywhere and we depend on them also in such fields as criminology. They help police to solve crimes and collect evidence. Moreover, computers are wide-spread in education. Except their classic tasks such as administration and accountancy they are used in process of learning. Firstly, they store enormous amount of data which helps students to gain an information. Secondly, thanks to special teaching techniques and programs they improve ours skills of concentration and assimilation of knowledge. They have become so popular that not knowing how to use them means to be illiterate.











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