Letter Sample #174 – A friend invited you to a home party but you missed it

GT Writing Task 1 (Letter Writing) Sample # 174

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

A friend of yours invited you to a home party he/she arranged. However, you have just missed this party. Now you want to apologise for not attending it.

Write a letter to your friend to apologise. In your letter,

  • apologise to your friend
  • explain why you did not attend the party
  • say what you plan to do to make up for missing the party

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ………………………,

Model Answer:

Dear Jennifer,

I’m writing this letter to apologize to you because I failed to attend the home party that you organized a few days ago. But, if an apology only is not enough, please allow me to explain to you why I couldn’t attend the party despite my best effort and intention.

The reason, I failed to attend the party, was that I got an upset stomach just hours before I was supposed to show up at your party. I know that I shouldn’t have tried so much of that “Spicy Thai Chicken Stir Fry”, cooked by my Aunt, on that day, but I guess that I just got a bit too greedy and failed, in the end, to curb up my desire for that delicious but spicy dish.

Now, you know that I can’t really do anything to undo the past actions, but I can certainly do something for you in the future to make up for the missing party. So, how about inviting you to one of the upscale restaurants in the town to try some of your favourite Japanese dishes next weekend?

Warm wishes,


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