Letter Writing # 266 - Change the dates of the visit to your friend in Australia

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You arranged to visit a friend in Australia, but an important event at home now means that you must change the dates of the visit.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter,

  • explain the important event
  • apologise for the situation
  • suggest a new arrangement

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear .................,


Model Answer: 

Dear Alistar,

Hope all is well with you.  First of all, I'd like to apologize to you since I won’t be able to visit you in Australia next week because of some important event.  I know that this news probably would frustrate you just as much as it did me, but if I explain the situation to you in brief, you'll probably understand why I'll need to change the plan.

The reason, for which, I'm changing the schedule of this visit is that I'll have to attend the high school graduation ceremony of my only cousin (paternal), with whom I'm very close.  He'd informed me about his upcoming graduation ceremony, which will also take place next week, well in advance.  But it just slipped my mind somehow.  Now, seeing me skipping one of the most important events of my cousin’s life like this would certainly make him feel sad which I just wouldn’t like to see.

Now that I just explained the situation to you, you probably wouldn’t mind if I plan to visit you early next month and start making arrangements for this.

Warm wishes,


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