Letter: You lent your favourite book to a friend

IELTS General Writing Task 1 with sample answer.

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

A year ago, you lent your favourite book to a friend who you thought would enjoy it. Unfortunately, your friend has forgotten to return it. The book has sentimental value to you as it had been a present from your grandmother.

Write a letter to your friend. In the letter:

  • ask how he or she is doing
  • remind him / her about the book
  • explain why you need it back

You should write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any address.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear _ ,

Sample Answer:

Dear Nicholas,

It always delights me when I write to you. Hope everything is well at your end by the grace of God. You would be glad to know that I’ve scored 7 band score in the IELTS exam. Now I am preparing myself to get admitted in a renowned university.

Anyway, the reason I’m writing is to remind you about the book that you borrowed from me. The book is Odyssey by Homer. It has been almost three months, but you are yet to return it. You might have forgotten about the book. However, the book is very precious to me since my grandmother presented it to me as my birthday gift. The book evokes my grandmother’s presence when I read this book. I hope you can understand the sentimental value of it. Would it be possible for you to find the book and post it to home address?

Hope to hear you soon.

All the best,
Amanda Ross.