General Training Writing Task 1 Sample 46 - A friend has asked you to babysit on Saturday

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

A friend has asked you to babysit on Saturday and wants to know how much you charge per hour for this. Unfortunately, you already have a commitment this weekend and cannot help. However, you are free the following weekend.

Write a letter to your friend explaining that you are not able to help this time, but could help later. Also, explain what your fee for the service is.

You should write at least 150 words.

You do not need to write your own address.


Model Answer:

Dear Margarita,

Thank you for asking me to babysit for you. As you know I enjoy looking after Anthony and would be happy to help you out. However, this weekend I have a commitment which I cannot break.

My parents are coming to visit and I am going to take them down to the coast as I have always promised to do. They are getting older so I like to spend as much time with them as possible. Also, it is my father's birthday and I want to celebrate with them. I am really sorry that I am not able to help this time, but I am free next weekend and I would be glad to babysit for you then if you should choose to go out for the evening.

My charge is fifteen dollars per hour until midnight and twenty dollars per hour after that. You would need to give me any special instructions you might have and, of course, leave a phone number in case of emergency.

Yours sincerely


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+6 # Vinit 2015-07-02 06:45
Dear Magi,

I am very pleased to hear from you, after a long time. Much happier to know that you are blessed with a baby. But I am afraid I won’t be able to make it for babysitting this Saturday.

As you know my daughter is studying in British national school, I have been intimated about the parents meeting to be conducted on this Saturday. I need to be there for the whole day as my husband would be engaged with his business schedules.
However I am very much on to babysitting as a part time job, and much appreciated by my clients for the same. I will be pleased to render my service from next week at your convenience. With a prior notification from your side, I can exclude engagements if any, next weekend.

Though I charge around 15 $ per hour for other clients, you being my friend I can offer you a discount rate of 10$ per hour.
Hoping to hear from you soon

Thanking you
Affectionately yours
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