很多托福写作考题的提问方式都是“Do you agree or disagree?”或者“To what extent do you agree or disagree?”
其实，对于这类提问，也可以采用“折衷”的观点，即“partly agree，partly disagree”(部分同意，部分不同意)。但是前提是一定要在文章中从支持和反对的两方面都阐述一些理由，而且最好再提出一种“折中”方案。
“兴利除弊”应该是一种比较简单的折衷方案，在优缺点类文章中特别常用。即在分析完考题所涉及事物的优缺点之后，在结尾段提出“优缺点都有，我们要兴利除弊”这样的折衷方案。例如以下考题：The advantages brought by the spread of English as a “global language” will outweigh the disadvantages. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this view?
To sum up， it is difficult to tell whether or not the advantages outweigh the disadvantages regarding the spread of English as a global language. What we may have to consider is how to accept this trend as positive while at the same time staying away from its drawbacks.
很多考题需要考生讨论两种观点，通常会有“discuss both views and give your own opinion”这样的提问要求。很多情况下，文中说到的两种观点表面上看来是完全相反，但其实并不矛盾，可以用“平衡发展”的思路来提出观点。例如考题：Some people think that cultural traditions may be destroyed when they are used as money-making attractions aimed at tourists. Others believe it is the only way to save these traditions. Discuss on both sides and give your opinion.
We should find the right balance between tourism development and cultural protection and I believe the government has a very important role to play here. In my own country， for example， many tourist cities have made effective development plans to successfully attract large numbers of visitors while still preserving their distinct cultural traditions.
有时在讨论完A和B两种观点以后，可以提出类似于“同意A还是B要取决于……”这样的折衷观点，前文讲到的动物试验是否可以进行取决于试验的性质就是属于这样的方案。再比如下面这个例子：Some people think that the animals should be treated as pets; others think that animals are sources of food and clothing. What is your opinion?
From my point of view， there is no absolute answer as to whether animals should be treated like pets or as sources of food and clothes. It largely depends on what kinds of animals they are. But what remains undoubted is that we should treat animals with a humane attitude and bear in mind that they are important in preserving nature’s ecological equilibrium.
很多双边讨论型文章中所讨论的两种观点其实是可以通过某种方案来“化解矛盾”的，例如这道考题：In many countries， good schools and medical facilities are available only in cities. Some people think new teachers and doctors should wok in rural areas for a few years， but others think everyone should be free to choose where they work. Discuss and give your own opinion.
The best solution， therefore， is not to order， but to encourage. We should instill a sense of responsibility in young people and give more incentives to those who are willing to work in difficult areas， so that we can address the problem of urban-rural disparity while respecting whatever decisions new teachers or doctors have made.