IELTS Cue Card Sample 207 - Describe something you purchased but had not used much

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe something that you purchased but had not used much.

You should say:

  • what it was
  • where you bought it from
  • why you bought it

and explain why you didn’t use it that much.


Model Answer 1:

I have seldom bought anything in my life which I didn’t use until they were old and worn out. In fact, many times, I have even tried to upgrade or fix some of the things, which are old or worn out, for further use. But, unfortunately, that was not the case when I bought a very modern exercising machine.

I am talking about the “treadmill” machine, which I bought from a local health and fitness stores in my hometown about a few years ago. As per the salesperson at that store, the treadmill was built by one of the best companies in the world, and every part of it was perfectly in sync with the rest of its body. It also was a standard home treadmill, about 7 feet long and 3 feet wide in size, and its frames were made out of heavy-duty steel.

All in all, it was a perfect looking treadmill for anybody who wanted to get his or her body in shape.  So, I also bought that treadmill machine because I wanted to get in shape without running outside in some unfavourable weather conditions, associated with uncomfortable heat, humidity or cold. Anyway, after buying the exercising machine, I exercised on it for the first 6 months like there was no tomorrow, whenever I got a chance. In fact, I was so enthusiastic about getting in shape with the help of my newly-bought fitness machine that I even used to wake up in the middle of the night sometimes in order to sweat a little. However, after that, my enthusiasm for exercise died down slowly and eventually stopped using my treadmill that much.  

Anyway, even though I liked my treadmill machine, I couldn’t use it that much because I got a little busier with my work life and other priorities. Besides, I also felt that it was important for me to go outside and enjoy some outdoor activities also sometimes in order to enjoy some fresh air and mother nature, instead of just staying at home and using the fitness machine, if I really wanted to remain healthy.


Sample Answer 2:

I love to have technological devices and gadgets, and sometimes, I purchase them from the attraction rather than necessity. One such device I bought that I have rarely used was the Sony gaming console. I purchased it in 2011 with a good amount of money but have not played games in it more than 10 times! 

I bought it from a big Sony showroom from a nearby market. The time I bought it, I had the passion of purchasing it and I did not think about the amount it would cost and how many times I would actually use it. It was like fulfilling a wish rather than purchasing a utilitarian device for daily use. 
When I bought it, I was fascinated to buy it. In fact, I had a long desire to buy it and after I bought it, I got busy with my study and the new job. I noticed that over time, my fascination of playing games in a gaming device or in a computer has decreased. Moreover, my job, my university and my other interests require the majority time and hence I got very little time for playing the game. With time this device has become a backdated gaming console and I have lost interest in it. And because of that, I did not use it that much. 

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