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TOEFL Essay Topic 62 - 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.

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There are a lot of qualities that a friend should have such as: intelligence, sense of humor, and reliability. Of course I like my friends to be intelligent and to have a sense of humor. However, the most important for me is to have a friend that is a reliable person.

I have friends that are not very intelligent, but they are good persons; reliable and helpful. For instance, when I was in my native country, Romania, I tutored a child whose mother was a janitor. I had the opportunity to talk with she several times, I she was a wonderful person. She became one of my friends even though she had not a University degree like my other friends. When I had a problem she was there no matter I ask her to help me with. Some of my other intelligent friends had too many things to do, so they didn`t have time for my problem.

Everybody enjoy the time spend with a person that have a sense of humor, but this humor doesn`t help at all when I need a friend`s help. Some problems cannot be solved only talking or joking. Sometimes we need one to trust. I had a friend, whose name is Mark, and I had a lot of fan with, going in pubs, restaurants, parties and so on. However, when I failed my Math test he didn`t show up for help, even though he was very good in Math. His reason was that he has to have fun in his spare time, not to do someone else`s homework. Another guy, Tom, who I didn`t think of as a friend, came and spent some afternoons to help me. After this I asked myself who is my friend? The answer was very simple. Since than I considered Tom as my friend and I realized how important is to have a reliable person as a friend.

If a person is not reliable, I cannot trust she/he, or I cannot count of her/his help, how can I call it friend? Thus, reliability is the most valuable characteristics that a friend should have.

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