ielts general writing task 1
IELTS general writing task 1

General IELTS Task 1 Letter Writing – Useful Words & Expressions

IELTS letter writing task must be completed within 20 minutes, it is helpful to know some common phrases and set expressions. When you know the vocabulary in prior, you will be able to use these and will allow you to express your ideas quickly and effectively, without thinking about each and every word. While you’re learning their meaning, also make sure you can spell them perfectly as it will help you in not committing mistakes.

Starting a letter

When you are starting a letter you must understand the topic question and its requirements. Generally, the subtopics are already mentioned in the topic question. For instance,
You would like to participate in a work-related seminar in another country. Write a letter to the person in charge of the seminar and ask for detailed information regarding :

– the dates of the seminar
– program description
– accommodation and cost.

In this case, the subtopics are dates of the seminar, description with accommodation and cost. The main starter should be asking information as the letter requires you to ask for details. When asking for information check the below useful words and expressions for IELTS task 1.

Salutation (Informal Letters):
Personal Letter: Dear Rohan, My dear Rex.

Salutation (Formal Letters):
Official Letter: Dear Sir or Madam, Sir or Madam (If you don’t know who are you writing to; use only sir or madam)

Business Letter:
Dear Sir or Madam, Sir or Madam. (If you don’t know who are you writing to; use only sir or madam)

Beginnings (Personal/Informal letters)
Thank you for your (recent/last) letter.
Many thanks for your (recent/last) letter
It was nice to hear from you recently/lately.
I’m sorry I haven’t been in touch for such a long time.
I’m sorry I haven’t written to you for such a long time.
It’s ages since I’ve heard from you. I hope you’re/you and your family are well.

Asking for Information
I am writing to inquire about…
I am writing to find out about…
What I am looking for is…
I would like to know about/if…

Asking for Help
I’d be grateful if you could…
I would be grateful if you could…
I would appreciate it if you could…
Could you please…
I was wondering if you could help me. (informal)
I would like to know…

Apologizing
I’m sorry about…
I am sorry that…
I’m very sorry about…
I’m very sorry for…
Please forgive me for…
I’d like to apologize for…
Please accept my apologies.
Please accept my sincere apologies. (very formal)

Complaining / expressing dissatisfaction
I’m writing to express my dissatisfaction with…
I’m writing to express my annoyance with…
I am not happy about…
…was very disappointing.

Giving bad news
I regret to inform you that…(semi-formal)
I am sorry to tell you that…(informal)
I regret to advise you that…(formal)
I am afraid I have some bad news. (informal)

Giving good news
I am pleased to inform you that…(semi-formal)
I am delighted to tell you that…(informal)
I am happy to advise you that…(formal)
I thought you might like to know that…

In the middle paragraphs, you can use the below keywords.

Making suggestions
Would it be a good idea to…
Perhaps it would be a good idea to…

Request:
Could you please……….
Could you possibly……….
I would be great full if you……….
I would highly glad if you……….
Would it be possible to……….
I wonder if you could……….
Would you be kind enough to……….
would you mind doing……….

Giving reasons
This is because…
This is because of…
This is due to… (formal)
This is as a result of…(formal)
This is owing to…(formal)

Seeking Help:
I would appreciate it if you could……….
I would be grateful if you could……….
Could you please……….
I was wondering if you could help me………. (informal)
I would like you to……….

Satisfaction:
I was very happy to learn that……….
I was very happy to hear that……….
I was delighted to hear that……….
I was thrilled to find out that……….
I was glad to hear that……….

Expressing concern/sympathy
I was sorry to hear about… (your accident/ illness)
I am writing to express my concern about…

For closing your letter you can use the following expressions and sentences.

Closing a letter correctly is important. You can write:

I look forward to seeing you.
I look forward to hearing from you.
I look forward to meeting you.

Thanking is really important and you must write it correctly. You can write:
Thanks.
Thank you.
Thank you very much.
Thank you kindly.
I can’t thank you enough.
No words can express my gratitude.
I am extremely grateful for…
I very much appreciate your ______ing

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