Here is an IELTS General Training Writing Task 1 prompt (instruction):
- Thank your friend for letting you stay
- Explain that you left an important file and where it can be found
- Request that your friend to return it
Begin your letter as follows: ‘Dear……,’
Understand the Prompt
Choose an answer for each question or statement below
Think of Details
Think about the Tone
The salutation should be ‘Dear + first name’. For example, ‘Dear Sally,’. Don’t use Mr. or Mrs. with a family name as this is much too formal.
To end the letter, you could use one of these informal sign off expressions – regards, my warmest regards, take care or see you soon.
Timing in the Test
5 minutes – analyze the prompt and plan your letter.
10 minutes – write your letter.
5 minutes – check for mistakes. Pay attention to spelling ad grammar
Our Example Letter
Order the sentences in the paragraphs
Thank you so much for letting me stay with you last weekend. It was lovely to spend some quality time with you after so long and I got a great night’s sleep before my presentation at the conference.
Unfortunately, I left a file containing lots of important documents in the room I slept in. I think it may have fallen between the side of the bed and the bedside table. I am concerned that my manager will be angry if he finds out the documents have gone missing. I don’t want any problems at work, so would you please be able to return the file to me as soon as possible.
I think the best way to return the file is to send it with a courier company such as DHL. Please send it next day delivery and make sure it is recorded delivery as well, just in case there are any problems. Let me know how much it costs and I will transfer the money to you straight away.
Thank you for your help.
See you again soon,
Final Writing Exercise
- Request to stay at your friend’s house
- Explain why you would like to stay
- offer your friend some kind of remuneration for letting you stay.
Begin your letter as follows: ‘Dear……,
To learn more, check out our Letter Writing | Functional Language lesson.