Email Writing # 288 - A colleague lent you a book that helped prepare for a presentation

IELTS Email Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

A colleague lent you a book that helped you to prepare for a presentation at work.

Write an email to your colleague thanking him/her. In the email,

  • thank your colleague for lending you the book
  • explain how the book helped you
  • tell him/her how the presentation went

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your email as follows:

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


Model Answer:

Dear Jerry,

I hope that you're in good health and spirit. I just wanted to tell you that I can’t thank you enough for lending me that book to prepare for my presentation, at a time when I thought that I would probably never be able to finish the presentation on time.

If you are wondering how the book helped me, it didn’t only help me in organizing my thoughts on a rather critical subject like “the challenges of a small company in using cutting-edge technologies” and deliver it like a “pro” but also helped me immensely in providing me with the data to support my thoughts, at the end. Besides, the book also provided a great deal of information on how small companies could benefit from the research and development works of large companies – a prospect that our company is currently thinking to explore, in order to save some cost, by forging a partnership with them. 

In the end, I must say that my presentation was lauded by everybody who were present there till the end. Some of them even asked me questions to learn more about the subject. So, again, thank you! 

Yours sincerely,


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