IELTS Writing: General Task 1 Letter Samples, phrases and tips.

Useful phrases to make a complaint

I am not happy about I want you to know that
I am writing to express my dissatisfaction with  I am writing to express my annoyance with
I am very much unhappy with I must complain about
I feel something should be done about I am writing to you to complain

Useful phrases to make an application

I am writing in relation to the advertised position of… Please find my CV attached…
If you have any  further questions please do not hesitate to contact me… I am available between the hours of 2pm and 4pm Monday – Thursday.
 I am writing to apply for the position of… My responsibilities included….
My most recent job was… I believe I have all the relevant experience required…

Useful phrases to invite or reply to an invite

I am writing you in response to your invitation With the reference of your proposal
Please do let me know if you can make it Thank you for your kind invite however, unfortunately
I am writing to reply to your kind invitation regarding the Do let me know if you can make it
It would be delightful to have you here Please RSVP as soon as possible

Useful phrases to advise

I am happy to advise you that I strongly advise you to/not to
It would/might be a good idea to The best thing for you to do is
I honestly believe it would be better to Please do consider my advice because
In my honest opinion I would I would strongly suggest you consider

Useful phrases to apologise

I regret to inform you I am writing to apologise
It is with my deepest regret that I would like to apologise
I sincerely apologise for  I do apologise for any inconvenience caused
I hope that this does not cause you any problems I would strongly suggest you consider

Useful phrases to make a request

Could you please / possibly Please would you consider
Would it be possible to Would you be kind enough to
Is there any way you could … ? I would strongly suggest you consider
(informal) Can you ..? (informal) Will you ..?

Useful phrases for informal letters

Hello/Hi NAME / Hi there I was wondering of you could help me.
I’m sorry to tell you that I should let you know that
I hope you’re well It’s been ages since I’ve heard from you
Lots of love Thanks very much

Struggling with General IELTS Writing Task 1? Check out these samples of Task 1 essays, a very effective way to master this task quickly is to write them out, copy them, pen and paper. Use the look-cover-write technique for this. Alternatively, if you are preparing for the Academic module, why not get familiar with the task? Have a look at these sample questions.

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IELTS Writing Task 2 is one of the most challenging components of the IELTS exam, organising your thoughts, thinking of ideas is not easy. Also, you need BOTH exam skills and language skills, find out more in this tutorial. While researching and preparing for the IELTS exam, why not check out some writing task 2 samples? Another useful tutorial can be found here -it’s all about the valuable sentences and phrases you can use in your essays.

Another component for your IELTS success is Lexical Resource, here is an in depth tutorial to help you boost your essays.