Writing Samples: Task1

TASK 1 Question July 2005
General
informal

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Your friend wants to come to your city and stay with you for one week for a holiday. However, it is impossible for you to accompany him. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter, you should:

  • apologize to your friend
  • explain why you can not stay with him
  • suggest an alternative plan for the holiday

Write at least 150 words.

Model Essay

Dear Peter,
I am so happy to learn that you are coming to Sydney for the coming holiday. Four years after graduation, we will finally have the chance to meet! However, I regret to tell you that I will not be able to stay with you while you are here.
The reason is that recently I have been promoted to the position of regional manager. Good news, isn’t it? But it also means that I will be relocated to our regional headquarters in Hong Kong. I am scheduled to leave for Hong Kong on Feb. 10, the second day of your visit, so I’m afraid the only day we can meet is the 9th when you arrive.
I don’t want this to ruin your holiday, so I have made an alternative plan. I have made a reservation for you in a Youth Hostel near where I live. The price is reasonable and the service is good. Also, a friend of mine will be with you if you need any help. He is a local Australian and used to work as a tourist guide. I am sure you will have a wonderful time traveling with him.

See you soon!
Best wishes,
Philip
(201 words)

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