GT Writing Task 1: Sample 42 - You are an international student and have borrowed a book from the library

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You are an international student and have borrowed a book from the local public library. You left the book on a bus and when you contacted the bus company, they could not find it.

Write a letter to the librarian explaining the situation and asking what you should do.

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Sir or Madam


Sample Answer 1:

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to inform you that I have borrowed a book from your library on 08th May but lost it on a bus. I am an international student and have been a member of the library for more than six months. I am seeking your advice and would really appreciate your guidance regarding this.

I borrowed the book 'Basic Economics' by Thomas Sowell on 08th May for a duration of four days using my library card which is 254731025. Unfortunately, during my visit to my aunt's house the day before yesterday, I missed it on the bus that I took. I contacted the bus authority and they could not inform me about the book. I assume it has been lost and I would need your help to follow the procedure under this circumstance.

I am not completely aware of the process a member has to follow to compensate for a lost book. However, I am ready to pay the full amount to buy another copy of the book or can do it myself if you want.

I would really appreciate your response regarding this.

Thank you in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Keaton


Model Answer 2:

Dear Sir or Madam,

Last week I borrowed an English grammar book, "English Grammar Exercises - from beginners to advance users" from your library. It was extremely useful, so when I went to visit a friend two days ago, I took the book with me. Unfortunately, I missed the book on the bus. I am hoping you would instruct me how can I recompensate the lost book.

When I was on a bus to Darlinghurst, Sydney, I fell asleep and missed my bus stop. I woke up at the next stop and rushed forward to the driver to ask him to stop but forgot to take the book. As a result, the book was left on the bus. When I rang the bus company the next day, they could not find it and suggested that somebody must have picked it up. My library ID is 15478412 and I borrowed the book on 26th November.

Could you please let me know what I have to do now? As I am an international student and have been facing such incident for the first time, I am not sure what to do next. But of course, I will be ready to pay for a new copy of the book if this is necessary.

Yours faithfully,

Laura Sian

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0 # Vineeth 2015-07-01 16:19
Dear sir,
I am Mr Pete, and my membership number is 456 at your library. I am writing in deep sorrow of losing a book borrowed from your library last week.

I was travelling in a bus yesterday when owing to a bomb threat the passengers were asked to disperse from the bus on an emergency basis. The bus was running in its full capacity and being said so you could assume the panic a bomb threat would cause, I somehow managed to get out through the emergency exit window, little did I thought at that point of time that I carried a book with me.

Later as soon as I realised that I have lost the book loaned from your library, I ranged up the bus station hoping I could retrieve the book, in vain. With no more ways to find the book, I put forward my sincere apology on the awful incident .

Now given the situation I would like to enquire on what can be done in such a case of book loss? As you may know, I am an international student here basically surviving on my part time jobs. However, I am ready to bear the expense involved in reviving a copy of the book.

Hope you will be kind enough to accept my apologies and consider my request

Thanking you
Sincerely
Pete.
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