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GT Task 1: You had a holiday overseas where you stayed with some friends

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Last month you had a holiday overseas where you stayed with some friends. They have just sent you some photos of your holiday.

Write a letter to your friends. In your letter,

  • thank them for the photos and the holiday
  • explain why you didn’t write earlier
  • invite them to come and stay with you

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ……………,

Sample Answer 1:

Dear Mark and Lucy,

Hope you’re doing great. I had a great time with you guys. Thank you so much both for the remarkable holiday in your city and for the lovely photos that you sent me yesterday.

Canada is certainly a spectacular country with an extraordinary landscape, vibrant culture and wildlife, particularly up in the area where you are. The holiday is over, but I’ll never forget the way you treated me – it was fabulous.

Sorry, it has taken me so long to write back and thank you. Almost as soon as I landed back in Italy, I got extremely busy with my office work. Besides, a severe cold forced me to take a few days off from the office, and I struggled to regain momentum at work and at home.

I would like to invite both of you to visit Italy. We’ll be celebrating our parent’s 40th marriage anniversary next month, and I expect you on this special occasion. I’ll take you to some of the famous places in Italy including Rome. Best known for housing ancient Roman structures and the Vatican City, Rome has stunning cathedrals and Renaissance architecture. I am sure you’ll enjoy your time here.

I would love to see you both soon. Take care and write back.

Warm wishes,


Sample Answer 2:

Dear Thomas and Eva,

Thank you so much for sending me the photos of the holidays that I spent with you guys over the last month. Believe it or not, it was one of the best holidays of my life with so many happy and joyful moments to cherish for a long time to come.

I especially remember our time at the famous beach restaurant where we enjoyed eating some of the biggest lobsters with garlic sauce and butter on the side. And, talking about the photos, I think the photos we took while riding on the horses at a horse ranch were some of the most natural-looking pictures I’ve ever taken.

By the way, I must say sorry to you because I didn’t write to you early enough after receiving the photos from you. It is just that I got really busy dealing with some new assignments at work as well as moving to a new home.  Anyway, it is my turn to invite you to my place and spend some time with me because I think that you would like my new place.

Warm wishes,


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