Cue Card # 101: Describe something you received for free

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 101

Describe something you received for free as a gift when you purchased another item.

You should say:

  • what the free item was
  • whether it was useful
  • how you used it

and explain how you felt about receiving this item as a gift.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:

These days, businesses and stores are trying to attract prospective customers by offering different kinds of lucrative deals in order to increase their sales. One such deal is called “buy one get one free”. Needless to say, I like this kind of deal, because it helps me save some money. Today, I would like to talk about one such deal in which, I received a gift item for free.

The free item, I got, as a gift was a soundbox, and I got it from one of the most popular electronic appliance stores in my city. By the way, this particular store had a good reputation of selling quality products at an affordable and discounted price, and that’s why customers like me from all over the city used to flock into it in order to buy their products of choices. Of course, I didn’t have any prior knowledge about the free gift item when I went to buy a LED TV. But as soon as, I asked the salesperson about a particular TV, I liked, he informed me that I could actually get a nice sound box for free if I had bought that TV.

Needless to say, I liked what I heard from the salesperson. So, I requested him to show me the soundbox, and he gladly agreed. To my surprise, I found the soundbox to be very nice looking with gorgeous colour and a perfect size. On top of that, the soundbox was also manufactured by a famous company. So, I just went ahead and bought the TV while also getting the soundbox with it.

Anyway, after receiving the free item, I felt really happy and also lucky at the same time. In fact, I actually needed one such small soundbox to attach with my laptop because its sound system stopped working a while ago. Besides, I also felt that the soundbox looked really nice and could also be used as a home decorating item. All in all, it was a great useful item for the price I paid to buy a LED TV.

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