IELTS Writing: Letter to the railway company to report a lost item

IELTS General Training

Writing task 1

You should spend 20 minutes on this task.

You have lost an item of value on a train. Write a letter to the railway company. In your letter

  • Describe the item
  • Explain where and when you left it
  • Say what action you would like the company to take

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Sir or Madam,

Sample Answer

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to report the loss of a valuable personal item on one of your trains.

The item is a navy blue laptop bag with the brand name ‘American Express’ embossed on the front. It has two zipped compartments. In one of the compartments I had kept my 15-inch Dell laptop. My passport, adaptor, mobile charger and some official documents were also inside.

Last Saturday, 15th March, I boarded the 2:30 pm train from Shimla to New Delhi. If I recall correctly, I was in the fourth carriage sitting near the front. I had kept the laptop bag in the overhead space. The long journey left me exhausted and while getting down, I forgot to take the bag with me.

Could you please let me know if a laptop bag of this description has been found? My phone number is 0091 7889898999. If you have it, please keep it in a safe place and I will make arrangements to collect it at your earliest convenience.

Thank you for your time.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Sally Rana


IELTS Dehradun Tel: 8439000086
IELTS Ghaziabad Tel: 7840860007

IELTS Speaking Cue card: a piece of furniture you have in your house

IELTS Speaking Cue card: a piece of furniture you have in your house

Describe a piece of furniture you have in your home.
You should say:
• What kind it is and what you use it for
• What materials it is made of
• How the piece of furniture was chosen for your home
• And explain how you feel about this piece of furniture.

Sample Answer

My house is fully equipped with indoor and outdoor furniture. Today, I’m going to talk about my study table.
This table is in my bedroom. It’s a brand new piece of furniture and is probably very expensive. It’s a large table with two shelves to keep books. It has a separate drawer for keeping a laptop and small electronic devices. It even incorporates an inbuilt LED bulb for late night reading. I don’t exactly know what material it is made of but I think it’s made of oak.
I received it as a present from my parents on my last birthday. My mum is very selective. She must have visited many furniture showrooms before buying this modern, unique piece of furniture for my room.
I love the design of this table. It’s just perfect. It has transformed the appearance of my room. In fact, this table has made me more organized. Everyone who visits me appreciates the table for its brilliant quality. They even ask about the place from where it was bought. At this point of time, I can say that I’ll keep this table for my life. Even if I move to a new place, I’ll get it transported carefully.


IELTS Dehradun Tel: 8439000086
IELTS Ghaziabad Tel: 7840860007

IELTS ESSAY: Reduce air traffic by imposing taxes?

Air traffic is increasingly leading to more noise, pollution and airport construction. One reason for this is the growth in low-cost passenger flights, often to holiday destinations. Some people say that governments should try to reduce air traffic by taxing it more heavily.


Do you agree or disagree?


Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant example from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
You should spend 40 minutes on this task.

Sample Answer

Aviation sector has witnessed a boom over the recent years. More and more people are travelling by flights, mainly because of less travel time. Another key reason behind this trend is discounted airfares for domestic and international tourist destinations. Such offers attract millions of passengers every year. This travel for recreation not only causes heavy air traffic but leads to excessive noise and pollution. It also requires new airports to cater for the escalating number of travellers.

Many experts argue that heavy taxes should be imposed on airlines to control air traffic. I strongly agree with this view.

The construction of airports is also augmenting noise pollution, which has negative effects on people residing in the vicinity of the airport sites. It is not only their peace that gets disturbed but they also become more prone to heart diseases and hearing problems as well. Such serious damage to the lives of people is alarming and needs to be controlled immediately.

Some people are aptly correct when they say that government should levy heavy taxes on aviation companies to control the noise pollution caused by aeroplanes and construction of airports. Imposition of heavy taxes will control the over-development of this sector resulting in less air pollution and noise pollution.

Moreover, the airports should be constructed on the city outskirts to ensure that the life of people living around would not be disturbed. The heavy tax imposition on aviation sector will control the rapid increase in construction of airdromes, resulting in less air pollution. These measures are a must to protect our environment and safeguard the life of people residing near airports.


IELTS Dehradun Uttarakhand Tel: 8439000086
IELTS Ghaziabad Utter Pradesh Tel: 7840860007

IELTS Cue Card Sample Questions # Preferred Books

Books are a man’s best friend after dogs. Well, when nothing seems to work out the one thing that saves most of us are books. Some people like to read books that are biographies, or sometimes fiction, then non-fiction. Each individual has their own choice and this time we are looking at a cue card that talks about the preference of books of an individual.

Describe what kind of books you prefer reading. You should say –

  • why do you like this genre?
  • when did you first started reading?
  • how did you start reading this genre?

also, explain if not this genre, which one else do you to read?


Books have been my favorite part of life for a long time. They have helped me to understand life better, take me out of depression at a time and made me laugh. I started reading autobiographies initially and went on to read fiction and then non-fiction. Having read the different genres, I have loved the autobiographies the most.

I think the main reason for my inclination towards autobiographies is because of the reason that I am able to relate to the people that it is about. For example, I already have read about Mahatma Gandhi, his deeds, the reason he is celebrated all over the country. Reading his autobiographies tell me the reasons for what he did. How he came into satyagraha. His opinion on how people reacted to his actions.

The first autobiography that I read was by mistake. I wanted to read something and could not find anything and ended up taking the autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi. Having read the book, I thanked God for the book. But, if not autobiographies, I think I would have definitely read non-fiction.


Books have always been tough for me to hold grasp of. Reading a book for a course also requires a lot of my attention and willpower. For a very long time, the only books that I read were the course books but a few years back I chanced upon reading a book by Khalid Hosseini, The Kite Runner. That book changed my perspective on book reading for a real sense. It made an impact on me as an individual.

Since then I have read a lot of books, including fictions, non-fiction, and autobiographies. But the one genre that has struck a chord with me has been the fiction , other times the world of wars. It also sometimes takes me to the world of terrorism or the world of education. Fiction, the one genre that opens up the minds of individuals to an extent of no coming back.

But, if it was not fiction then I would have stuck with comics I believe. I have tried reading auto biographies and semi-biographies, but they do not connect with me well. My reason for reading comics has always been to either enjoy them or get a meaning out of them. Comics on the other hand provide me with both. They not only give me the reason to be happy but also help in understanding the real life in a better way.

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