You are having a graduation party next Saturday: Semi-Formal Letter [IELTS General Writing Task 1 ] 

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You are having a graduation party next Saturday night. You have invited 50 people to celebrate at an outdoor barbecue evening, which may continue till late night.

Write a letter to your elderly neighbour. In your letter:

  • explain what will be happening
  • offer your apologies in advance
  • invite him/her to visit your house someday

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any address.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Mr / Ms ………………,

Model Answer:

Dear Mr. Jenkins,

I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirits. I wanted to inform you about an upcoming event at my residence. Next Saturday, I will be celebrating my graduation and have planned an outdoor barbecue evening in our garden. Approximately 50 friends and family members are expected to attend, and while we will do our utmost to keep noise levels to a minimum, the celebration may continue till the late hours of the night.

I truly want to extend my apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you, especially considering the duration of the event. We will, of course, ensure that the volume of music or chatter remains respectful, especially as the night progresses.

Moreover, it would be a pleasure to have you over someday, perhaps for a quiet afternoon tea or dinner. My family and I always cherish the wisdom and stories you share, and it would be a wonderful opportunity for a more intimate and relaxed get-together.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. I hope to see you soon and will ensure our graduation celebration causes as little disruption as possible.

Warm regards,

Alexandra White.

Important Vocabulary:

  1. Utmost: To the greatest or most extreme extent or degree.
  • Example: The doctors did their utmost to save the patient.
  1. Inconvenience: Trouble or difficulty caused to one’s personal requirements or comfort.
  • Example: I apologize for any inconvenience caused by the delay.
  1. Cherish: To protect and care for (someone) lovingly.
  • Example: She cherished her grandmother’s hand-knitted shawl.
  1. Disruption: A disturbance or problem that interrupts an event, activity, or process.
  • Example: The weather caused major disruptions to the flight schedules.
  1. Get-together: A gathering or meeting.
  • Example: The old school friends had a get-together after ten years.
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