Last Updated: 19th May 2022
GT Writing Task 1 (Letter Writing) Sample # 40
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
You borrowed some books from your school or college library. Unfortunately, you have to go away to visit a sick relative and cannot return the books in time.
Write a letter to the library. Explain what has happened and tell them what you want to do about it.
You should write at least 150 words.
You do NOT need to write your own address. Begin your letter as follows:
Model Answer 1:
Dear Mr Ivan,
I am a first-year student at Saint Petersburg College and have recently borrowed three books from the college library. Unfortunately, my grandma had been admitted to the hospital and I will rush to see her this evening. Since the college will remain closed till next Monday, I am afraid I will not be able to return the books in time.
My library card number is SP4587-DS and my college ID number is M020518. Last Tuesday, I borrowed Integrated Calculus, Introduction to Statistics and This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald and I am due to return them before 26th August. However, my grandmother’s sudden sickness forces me to travel to my hometown immediately. Since I do not know how severe her condition is, I cannot plan for a return date.
Hopefully, I will be able to attend my classes soon and I will return the books as soon as I get back.
Considering the situation, I would request you not to impose any late charge on me and accept my delay in returning the books.
Sample Answer 2:
Dear Mr Alfred,
I am writing in regards to the books I borrowed last week from the school library, which I may not be able to return in time due to some unavoidable circumstances. I am supposed to return them on 15th September and the details of these books can be traced by my library ID card which is AF1-00254.
I rushed to Hampshire, my hometown, last night after I received the news of my elder sister’s illness. Her condition is better now but the doctor has kept her under observation. I will have to be by her side until her condition gets stable.
Considering the situation, I would like to request you to extend my book-lending duration for another week. Could you please change the due date to 22nd September? That way I can return the books without receiving a late fine.
Thank you in advance for your kind cooperation.