Letter Writing # 197 - You borrowed an important textbook from a classmate

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You borrowed an important textbook during the last term from a classmate. You now realize your classmate had returned home overseas and you still have the book.

Write a letter to him/her. In your letter:

  • apologize for the mistake
  • find out how important the book is to him/her
  • say what you will do

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any address.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ..., 

Model Answer 1:

Dear Stefano,

Hope this letter finds you and your family in good spirits and health. I came to know from Jenny that you have returned to your hometown in Italy permanently. I am writing this letter to apologize for the Physics book that I borrowed from you during the last semester. I am willing to return the book.

I would like you to brief me how important that Physics book is to you. If I remember correctly, you have plans to pursue masters in physics from one of the universities in your country. I am not sure if this book is going to help you in cracking the entrance exam.

Based on your response, I will take the decision to either courier it or send it through the post. As you are aware, Tom is visiting your hometown next month. If you can wait, I will send the book along with him. Also, this would make sure that your book is not misplaced.

I wish you success and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Warm wishes,


[Authored by - Mishika]

Sample Answer 2:

Dear Sara,

Hope you and your family are doing great. I did not attend the class last two weeks due to a serious viral fever. Once I came back to join the class, I heard that you had moved to India. I hope you had a pleasant journey.

On that day, I realized that I borrowed the 'Introduction to Computer Science' book from you and forgot to return it. I'm really sorry for not returning your book as promised.

I guess, this book is very important to you for your further studies in India as you have told me once that you are joining an advanced computer course in your home country. Could you let me know if you really require this book for your next course? If so, how quickly you need it?

I'm wondering whether should I send a scan-copy of this book or perhaps sent you money to buy the same copy from India. Alternatively, I can send this book via a courier service and you will likely receive it in two weeks.

Waiting for your reply.

Warm regards,


[Written by - Janaka]

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