On Monday, I posted an IELTS General Training letter writing task and asked you to think about the purpose of the letter and whether you should write it in a formal tone (i.e. serious and official) or an informal tone (i.e. relaxed and friendly).
I also said I’d post an example answer, and so here it is.
As you read my letter, think about whether you would have included a similar purpose (i.e. I’m writing to say thank you for…) and whether you would have written your letter in a similar tone (i.e. informal).
Dear Dave and Julie,
I’m writing to say thank you for putting me up last month and for sending the photos. I really enjoyed my time with you and seeing the photos was like reliving some of the good times we had.
I’m sorry that it’s taken me so long to write. I know I said I’d write as soon as I got back, but it’s been really hectic at work. I’ve been staying late or bringing work home from the office and have been too tired to do anything other than just sit in front of the TV for an hour or so before crashing out.
Having said that, I’d love for you guys to come and stay some time soon. Work will be a lot quieter next month and it would be great to show you the hospitality that you showed me. I’ll even cook that delicious pasta dish I cooked for you just before I left.
Let me know if you’d like to come,
Word count: 163
To get an IELTS band score of 7 or above in this part of the IELTS test, you have to include a clear purpose and use an appropriate tone throughout your letter.
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