Letter Writing # 151 - You read an article in the newspaper about someone you know personally

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You recently read an article in the newspaper about someone you know personally. You found some information is wrong.

Write a letter to the editor to inform him about it. In your letter, write:

  • what the article is about
  • what the error is
  • what you expect the editor to 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:

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am Stephen Ben, a resident of Brooklyn, New York, and I am writing regarding an article I read on 24th November that was a great read but unfortunately had some incorrect information and facts. The article was basically about professor Albert, a renowned professor at Fordham University whom I personally know.

First of all, I must state that the article was quite interesting and it gave many insights on how research in local universities can contribute to the national interest and how Professor Albert had been a pioneer on that. I, however, was daunted to notice some blunders in the article that I deem should not have been overlooked. I have been a research assistant for Professor Albert for more than 3 years and we are still in touch.

The fact that Mr Albert is from Germany is incorrect as he is originally from the UK. He achieved his graduation from an American university, not from Australia. Moreover, he is not a father of 4 children, but three. Finally, the bio-hazard digression project that was credited solely to him was actually conducted with the assistance of another professor from the same university. He is Professor Gill and he should have been credited for the work as well.

I wish a follow-up article or an editorial correction should clarify those issues as soon as possible.

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Ben

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