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:

  • what is the article about?
  • what is the error?
  • what do you expect the editor to do?

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any address.

Sample Answer:

The editor-in-chief,
The Daily Times.

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

First of all, I must express 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 providing solutions to many practical aspects of the locality. 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 of Professor Albert for more than 3 years and we are still in touch. I know him very closely and before pointing out the mistakes, I have checked the facts from authentic sources.

The fact that Mr Albert is from Germany is incorrect as he is originally from the UK. He did not graduate from an Australian university, rather he has completed his graduation and post-graduation here in America. 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 editorial correction should clarify those issues as soon as possible.


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