Cue Card Talk about something you lost and then found

IELTS Cue Card Talk about something you lost and then found

Talk about something you lost and then found.

You should say:

  • What it was
  • How you lost it
  • When you found it
  • And explain how you felt about this incident.

Cue Card Talk about something you lost and then found

Sample Answer

Today, I’d like to talk about an incident when I lost a valuable item. Fortunately, with some help I managed to find it later.

This happened around the autumn of 2019. The final semester of my Bachelor’s in computer science was about to be over and campus interviews for placements were in full swing. All students were instructed to carry their original academic documents with them for verification.

I had kept all my relevant documents in my laptop bag. Among them were original passing certificates, my passport, Aadhar and birth certificate. Needless to say, the bag held some very precious cargo.

Now, on that day I had to give several interviews. After they were done I was glad, for they went very well and now I could go relax with my friends in the cafeteria. We had previously agreed to meet up in the afternoon, there we discussed our various interviews. My Funny friends imitated the stringent interviewers, it was a right riot, and we were rolling with laughter.

Later that day when I reached home, I realized something; I had lost my laptop bag in all the commotion. My first reaction was to call up my best buddy, who then calmed me down and asked me where I had last seen my bag. Together we concluded I must have left the bag in the cafeteria itself. At this point I was filled with dread, my mind was whirling with everything that could go wrong, but nevertheless I bid my friend fair well and resolved to check the cafeteria first thing in the morning.

The Next day my friend met me by the cafeteria entrance, he was talking to the manager. The manager led us to the staff on duty yesterday afternoon so we could describe the bag. One of the newer employees had been cleaning yesterday and had found my bag. Thank heavens! Getting it back was a big relief. I was grateful for everyone’s cooperation and understanding.

Suffice to say, this incident gave me quite a fright. Moreover, it taught me the meaning of “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone”, a lesson we will perhaps never be taught enough.


Some useful vocabulary words with meaning
commotion A sudden, short period of noise, confusion, or excited movement
whirling to (cause something to) turn around in circles
Suffice to be enough
fright an experience of fear that happens suddenly



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