Letter: Write a letter to you friend and apologise for missing the birthday

IELTS General Writing Task 1 with sample answer.

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

One of your friends recently had a birthday celebration, but you missed it and you forgot to tell your friend that you couldn’t attend.

Write a letter to you friend. In your letter:

  • apologise for missing the birthday celebration
  • explain why you missed it and why you didn’t tell your friend
  • and say what you would like to do to show that are sorry.

You should write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any address.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear _ ,

Sample Answer:

Dear Adrian,

When I received your invitation to your birthday party, my heart swelled with delight. It swelled with longing to go. I yearned to be there for you. Then it shattered into a thousand pieces when I learned that my mom was being sent to hospital. Anyway, I am sorry that I wasn’t able to attend the party.

My mom suffered a heart attack on the day I took preparation to join the party. On that noon, my brother informed me that they were taking mom to the hospital as she had had a stroke. Without delaying a second, I straight went to the hospital where mom was admitted. I was overwhelmed by the situation and I couldn’t make any call to you to explain the situation. You would be glad to know that mom is now completely recovered from the stroke by the grace of god.

I hope you consider my condition and forgive me. But I would like to take you to dinner this Sunday at your favourite restaurant, the River Café. We can have some delicious Italian food. What do you think? Are you still angry at me? Can’t we meet there at 7.00 pm?

I look forward to hearing you soon.

Lots of love,