Commentary Text

Definition of Commentary Text
A commentary text is not a summary of an issue. This text consists of 90 % from the writer’s idea or opinion.

Generic Structure of Commentary Text
# General statement (Pernyataan umum)
# Sequenced explanations (rangkaian penjelasan)

Language Feature of Commentary Text:
– Passive voice
– Simple present tense
– Present perfect tense
– Simple past tense
– Adjectives menunjukkan sikap, seperti bad, good, exciting

Example
Cheating with Mobile Phones
General statement:
As police expand their investigation into cheating in the state run college entrance exam by using mobile phones, people deplore the low morality among the growing generation and many also condemn the absurdity of the current education system that drove student to do such a thing. Strong blame should also be laid on local authorities who failed to prevent such a misdeed, long anticipated in the overdeveloping information technology environment of this country.

Explanation:
About 100 students in Gwangju have been “confirmed” as having been involved in the cheating, some transmitting the answer, some receiving them, others coordinating the illicit communications outside testing places.

It is unfortunate that dishonest means were used by students who wanted to get a higher score in the state test and enter a college that is beyond their academic ability.
But what dismay us are that such scandals as this and other scandals will continue to take place around us until and unless the nation is freed from its obsession with college diplomas.

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