Letter Writing # 287 - You and your friend have booked tickets to go to the theatre

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You and your friend have booked tickets to go to the theatre. You are now unable to go but have found another friend to accompany him/her instead.

Write a letter to your friend. In the letter,

  • explain why you can not go to the theatre with your friend
  • say who can go instead of you
  • tell them why you think this person would be good to go with

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

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


Model Answer: 

Dear Mike,

Hope all is well on your end. I know that you're going to get a bit disappointed, but the truth is I don’t think that I'll be able to go to the theatre with you next Saturday evening. Let me just explain to you why I needed to change my plan.

Actually, my boss is returning from Japan in the evening, on that day, and he has requested me to pick him up from the airport and head straight to the office to have an urgent meeting with me and the others. I don’t know exactly how long the meeting is going to last, but given the urgency of the meeting, I don’t think that it would end soon – soon enough to allow me to join you at the theatre on time.  

So, I guess, it is better if I just give the ticket to my cousin, Eric, so that he can go with you. By the way, you already have met Eric, and you should enjoy his company because he doesn’t just have a bubbly personality, but also are into the same kind of classic movies as we are!

Please let me know your thought about it. Take care.

Warm wishes,


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