You have just returned home after living with a family: Semi-Formal Letter [IELTS General Writing Task 1 ] 

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You have just returned home after living with a family in an English-speaking country for six months. You now realise that you left a small bag of personal possessions in your room.

Write to the family describing the things you left behind. Ask them to send those items to you. Offer to cover the cost.

You should write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ………………,

Model Answer:

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Patterson,

I hope this letter finds you all in the best of spirits. It was a bittersweet moment for me to leave after such a memorable six-month stay with your wonderful family. Upon my return home, I have come to the realization that I inadvertently left behind a small bag of personal possessions in the room I occupied.

The bag in question is a navy-blue pouch, approximately the size of a paperback book. Inside, there are a few items that hold sentimental value to me: a silver locket that was my grandmother’s, a small leather-bound diary where I jot down my daily reflections, and a pair of gold-rimmed reading glasses.

If it isn’t too much trouble, would you be so kind as to check for this pouch and, if found, send it to my address? Naturally, I will bear any postage or courier charges that are incurred. If you could let me know the cost, I can promptly transfer the amount to you.

It feels rather careless of me to have overlooked something like this, and I deeply apologize for any inconvenience I may have caused. Your help in this matter would mean a lot to me.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. Please send my regards to everyone, and I hope to visit again under happier circumstances.

Warm regards,

Maria Gonzalez.

Important Vocabulary:

  1. Bittersweet: Having mixed feelings; both happy and sad.
  • Example: Graduating from college was a bittersweet experience for him.
  1. Inadvertently: Without intention; accidentally.
  • Example: She inadvertently spilled her drink on the carpet.
  1. Sentimental value: Importance that an object has because of personal or emotional associations rather than material worth.
  • Example: The ring isn’t expensive, but it has great sentimental value to her.
  1. Incur: To become subject to (something unwelcome or unpleasant) as a result of one’s own behavior or actions.
  • Example: If you cancel now, you will incur a penalty fee.
  1. Overlook: Fail to notice or consider.
  • Example: In his rush, he overlooked some important details in the contract.
  1. Promptly: With little or no delay; immediately.
  • Example: The teacher promptly responded to the student’s query.
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