GT Writing Task 1 (Letter Writing) Sample # 7
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
Your neighbours have recently written to you to complain about the noise from your houseflat.
Write a letter to your neighbours. In your letter:
- explain the reasons for the noise
- apologise to them
- describe what action you will take
Write at least 150 words.
You do NOT need to write any addresses.
Begin your letter as follows:
Model Answer 1:
Dear Mr and Mrs Jonathon,
I am very shocked and sorry to learn from your letter that your night was totally spoiled yesterday because of the hooting and noisy music from my house. I know this was so distressful for both of you and you could not sleep properly last night. I am writing to apologise and assure you that it will not happen again.
Last night, my younger sister came from Canada after ten years with my adorable twin nephews. So I was excited to do something big that could make it a memorable event for us. I decided to organize a party and invited some close relatives and colleagues to make my sister’s day special. I also invited your family but I was informed that you recently came from a long trip and were unable to attend the party. My nephews mostly played the music and I confess I should have handled the loud music more carefully.
I am truly sorry about this. I promise it will not happen again.
Model Answer 2:
Dear Mr and Mrs Hanson:
Earlier today I received a letter from you regarding a disturbing noise from my apartment, for which I sincerely regret. I had to call repairmen to fix my kitchen last Monday and the repair work caused the noise. I am hoping that you will accept my apology and I assure that I will be more careful in the future.
In relation to this specific event, I called a team of technicians to repair the worn-out drawer slides in my kitchen, replace two busted drawers and install a new kitchen cabinet. They took around 3 hours to finish the work and it must have been the source of cacophony that caused you the trouble.
In regards to this particular event, I regret that I did not ask the repairmen to take every precaution not to disturb my neighbours. Please accept my apology and I can affirm that it will not happen again. Next time, I will arrange the work done at a repair shop instead of my house.
Thank you for being so patient and understanding.
There are three parts in this letter:
1. Explain the reasons for the noise that was created at your home and reached your neighbours
2. Apologise to your neighbours for the disturbance
3. Describe what action you will take
In your letter answer, include all three bulleted points. If you exclude even one of the points from the question prompt, you will lose mark in task achievement. Finish your letter within 20 minutes so that you have enough time to write your essay.
A few formal/semi-formal expressions to say that you are sorry:
1. I owe you an apology.
2. I sincerely apologise.
3. I take full responsibility.
4. I deeply regret …
5. Please accept my apologies.
6. I’d like to apologise for…