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IELTS 2018 General Writing Questions

We collect recent IELTS general writing questions from take takers as well as other public resources. What we do is to merge duplicated ones and revise obvious errors. They aren't exactly real questions in any tests, just help candidates understand test scenario deeper.

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2018-09-08: Task 1 (Qatar; India; UAE)
You are working in giant company which does financial or other items help to the different group of local community. Write to your manager about some group you want to provide help next year.
  • Describe a group.
  • What help do the group need.
  • What kind of help you expect to provide.
Questions and samples related to topic "HELP,CHARITY":
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2018-09-08: Task 1 (Canada)
You missed to attend friends invite. Write a letter to your friend:
  • apologia for not coming
  • explain how did you try to contact him/her
  • what is the alternate plan.
2018-09-08: Task 2 (Qatar; India; UAE)
Some parents believe that child should not waste time by reading entertainment books but instead they should spend time to read educational books only. What is you opinion about this?

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN,BOOK":
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2018-09-08: Task 2 (Canada)
Some people think money is the best gift to give it to youngsters, while others disagree. Discuss both the views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "MONEY,GIFT":
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2018-08-18: Task 1 (USA)
Write a letter to hotel manager praising a staff member
  • explain the situation
  • what they did
  • what you want manager to do.
Questions and samples related to topic "HOTEL":
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2018-08-18: Task 1 (India)
You are getting married soon. Write a letter to your friend from a different country and invite him/her to the wedding. In your letter:
  • Describe your future wife/husband.
  • What will happen at the wedding?
  • Why do you want to invite him/her?
2018-08-18: Task 1 (Nigeria; India)
You have had problems with a changing room in a sports center. You have made some complaints but nothing has been done about it. Write a letter to the manager stating:
  • The issues with the changing rooms
  • What has been done about it
  • What you want the Manager to do.
2018-08-18: Task 1 (Singapore)
Write a letter to colleague who gave you a book that helped you for a presentation at work. You should:
  • describe the presentation
  • why was it important
  • how did it help you.
Questions and samples related to topic "HELP":
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2018-08-18: Task 2 (USA)
Some people think that international competitive sports such as football bring conflict between people of different age groups and nationalities. Others think sport is helping reach understanding between people and nations. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "SPORT,INTERNATIONAL":
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2018-08-18: Task 2 (India)
Some people think that only staff who worked in the company for a long time should be promoted to higher positions. What is your opinion on this?Give reasons and relevant examples for your answer.

Questions and samples related to topic "EMPLOYMENT":
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2018-08-18: Task 2 (Nigeria; India)
Some people think it’s a good idea to wear a uniform at work. Do you agree or disagree. Give reasons for your answer with relevant examples from knowledge or experience.

Questions and samples related to topic "EMPLOYMENT":
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2018-08-18: Task 2 (Singapore)
Some people think it is more important to spend time in developing a successful career while others think it is more important to spend time with friends and family. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "CAREER,FAMILY":
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2018-08-02: Task 1 (South Africa; India; Sri Lanka)
Your child is going on a trip to another country for 3 days. School is looking for some parents who can join the trip and you decided to apply for the same. You are interested in going with trip. Write a letter to the head of the school and include:
  • Why you want to join the team
  • What you can do to assist
  • Queries related to the trip.
2018-08-02: Task 1 (Australia)
The local council is about to destroy children playground in your area because it is under use. write a letter and tell them:
  • why it is not well used
  • what can be done so more people can use it.
2018-08-02: Task 2 (South Africa; India; Sri Lanka)
Some people think that new technologies benefits the life of workers whereas some deny the statement. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "TECHNOLOGY":
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2018-08-02: Task 2 (Australia)
Many people think that more having more money will make them happier. How important is money to happiness?

Questions and samples related to topic "MONEY,HAPPY":
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2018-07-28: Task 1 (KSA; Nigeria; Bangladesh; Kazakhstan; Poland)
Write a letter to the manager of local council who is planning to pull down a historic building in your area due to lack of money to repair it. Expressing how unhappy you are and cover:
  • Why the building is important
  • What can be done with it in future
  • How to raise money for repairing it.
2018-07-28: Task 1 (USA)
Write a letter complaining about the dirty roads and garbage in your street.
  • Why it is effect and problem
  • What is the main causes
  • Your suggestions.
2018-07-28: Task 1 (Singapore)
You want to work in another country. Write a letter to your friend who lives in that country.
  • Why you want to work there
  • Your current skills and experience etc
  • Ask for additional information (working hours...).
Questions and samples related to topic "JOB":
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2018-07-28: Task 2 (KSA; Nigeria; Bangladesh; Kazakhstan; Poland)
Some people think the modern technology is making people more sociable, while others think it is making them less sociable. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "TECHNOLOGY":
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2018-07-28: Task 2 (USA)
In the world of internet, people write on internet about a product’s reviews and opinions about a service . Is it a good thing or bad thing.

Questions and samples related to topic "INTERNET":
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2018-07-28: Task 2 (Singapore)
Some people believe that educational success depends on good teachers. Others think that its depend on the attitude of the students. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "EDUCATION":
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2018-07-07: Task 1 (UAE; KSA; Nigeria; India; Russia; Bangladesh)
Your friend is searching for a job, write a letter to your friend.
  • Describe the details of the job
  • Why it is suitable for him/her
  • How to apply for the job.
Questions and samples related to topic "JOB":
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2018-07-07: Task 1 (USA; China)
You are attending a night college. You are not happy about a course you are doing. Write a letter to the director:
  • Explain what your course is
  • Why you are not happy about it
  • Tell the director what you want them to do.
Questions and samples related to topic "COURSE,COLLEGE":
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2018-07-07: Task 1 (Singapore)
You have joined a evening course in a local college, there is no problem in the course, but you have complaints on other facilities (room, equipment, etc). Write a letter to the administrator of the college. In you letter:
  • Tell what you like about the course
  • What problem you have in the facilities provided
  • Suggest on what can be done to resolve it.
Questions and samples related to topic "COLLEGE":
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2018-07-07: Task 2 (UAE; KSA; Nigeria; India; Russia; Bangladesh)
Some people think that young children need to attend nursery before primary school. While others believe young children can spend all day at home. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN":
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2018-07-07: Task 2 (USA; China)
People are less fit and active nowadays than in the past, what are the reasons for this? What do you think can be done for it?

2018-07-07: Task 2 (Singapore)
Some people tell that to reduce traffic and pollution, government should increase the tax on the petrol (gasoline). Would there is more benefits than the drawback?

Questions and samples related to topic "TRAFFIC,POLLUTION":
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2018-06-30: Task 1 (New Zealand; Malaysia)
You are working for a company. Write a letter to your boss to propose a training course you want to attend.
  • What the training course is
  • Why you think this course is helpful to you
  • Propose your suitable time to attend the training.
Questions and samples related to topic "TRAINING,COURSE":
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2018-06-30: Task 1 (Germany; India; Iraq)
You have just read a book and found it useful. write a letter to your friend:
  • Tell her/him about the book
  • Explain her/him why it is useful
  • Suggest how she/he can have it.
2018-06-30: Task 1 (USA)
You went to a theater yesterday with a friend. Your friend had an accident and a staff member helped. Write to manager:
  • How it happened
  • How staff member helped
  • What should be done in future.
2018-06-30: Task 2 (New Zealand; Malaysia)
The cultures of many countries around the world becomes more similar than they used to be. What are the reasons for this trend? Is it positive or negative?

2018-06-30: Task 2 (Germany; India; Iraq)
Some people think that the best way to improve road safety is to lower the maximum speed limit. Others think that there are better alternative ways to do this. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

2018-06-30: Task 2 (USA)
Individual should take care of the environment or it is the government’s responsibility. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "ENVIRONMENT":
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2018-06-02: Task 1 (India; KSA)
you recently lost your driving licence and someone sent it back to you. Write a letter to him/her.
  • How important the licence is to you
  • Asking how he/she found it
  • Saying how you would love to thank him/her.
Questions and samples related to topic "LOSS REPORT":
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2018-06-02: Task 1 (USA; Canada; Peru; Brazil)
Writing a letter to building manager regarding a problem parking your bicycle.
  • When you started to use bicycle to go to work
  • What the problem is
  • Suggesting the solution of the problem.
Questions and samples related to topic "PARKING,SUGGESTION":
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2018-06-02: Task 2 (India; KSA)
Nowadays, many families migrate to other countries due to employment. Some people say it benefits the children of immigrants families. Other say it is more difficult for the children of these families. Discuss both views and give you opinion.

2018-06-02: Task 2 (USA; Canada; Peru; Brazil)
People especially mothers often decide to stay at home to look after their family instead of going to work. Do you think government should pay them the salary for it?

Questions and samples related to topic "FAMILY, MOTHER, WOMAN":
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2018-05-25: Task 1 (Vietnam)
You are invited to the old classmates party organized by an old friend. Write a letter to your friend asking him/her to join. Include following in your letter.
  • You will be participate in.
  • Tell something about your life.
  • Ask some information about other friends who will possibly join.
Questions and samples related to topic "INVITATION,CLASSMATE":
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2018-05-25: Task 2 (Vietnam)
Some people argue that reading is the best way for graduates to improve their knowledge but others think that there are better ways for adults to do that. Discuss both views and tell your idea.

Questions and samples related to topic "READ":
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2018-05-24: Task 1 (Russia)
You attended a conference on behalf of your company. Write a letter to your manager about possibility of doing a presentation on this conference.You should say:
  • Why the conference was helpful
  • What your presentation will be about
  • Why people will be interested to see it.
Questions and samples related to topic "PRESENTATION,SUGGESTION":
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2018-05-24: Task 2 (Russia)
Some people think that large international sporting events only brings drawbacks, and that it is not worth hosting them. Do you agree or Disagree.

Questions and samples related to topic "SPORT":
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2018-05-12: Task 1
You are planning to go on a holiday in another country. Write a letter to your friend asking him/her to join. Include following in your letter.
  • Why you need a holiday.
  • Your holiday plans.
  • Why you need your friend to join with you.
Questions and samples related to topic "HOLIDAY":
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2018-05-12: Task 1 (USA)
Your friend sent a guide book to you before going to a trip. You went to a vacation last week. Write a letter to your friend telling him about the vacation you went to. Mention about:
  • How you enjoyed your vacation.
  • How the guide book was helpful to you.
  • When and how you are going to return it.
2018-05-12: Task 1 (Nigeria; Germany; South Africa)
One of your friend is recently gave interview for a new job. Write a letter to your friend giving him some advice about the interview. In your letter you should write:
  • Ask some questions about the job.
  • Give him some advice about the interview.
  • Ask him when and where you could meet him before his interview to give him some tips.
2018-05-12: Task 2
The number of old people are increasing in many countries. Some people think this causes problems, while others think old people play an important role. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "OLD PEOPLE":
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2018-05-12: Task 2 (USA)
Many parents think that it is good to teach the children about value of money. Why is it important to teach children about money? What is the best way for parents to teach children about money? Give relevant examples or your own experience.

Questions and samples related to topic "MONEY":
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2018-05-12: Task 2 (Nigeria; Germany; South Africa)
Some people believe that the best way to travel within a city is by car. Others believe it is best to travel by bicycle. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

2018-05-05: Task 1 (Australia)
Write a letter to manager of a TV company who is planning to make a program on one of your known place.
  • How do you know about that place?
  • Give a suggestion for his TV program.
  • Why do you find that place interesting?
Questions and samples related to topic "SUGGESTION,TV":
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2018-05-05: Task 2 (Australia)
People spend too much on family celebrations such as birthdays and weddings.
  • What are importance of these celebrations?
  • Do you think people really spend too much?
2018-04-21: Task 1 (Ukraine; Pakistan; India)
write a letter to a builder who has done recently some work at your home and now there is a slight problem with it. Include the following:
  • What is the problem?
  • How does the problem effect your life?
  • What do you want him to do?
Questions and samples related to topic "MAINTAIN HOUSE":
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2018-04-21: Task 2 (Ukraine; Pakistan; India)
Nowadays people have free access to music and films online. Is this a positive or a negative development? Provide relevant examples from you own experience.

Questions and samples related to topic "INTERNET":
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2018-04-07: Task 1 (India; Iran; United Arab Emirates)
Write a letter to your landlord regarding a water problem:
  • Explain the problem.
  • How are you effected by this?
  • What do you want the landlord to do?
Questions and samples related to topic "MAINTAIN HOUSE":
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2018-04-07: Task 1 (Canada)
You and your friend are planning a picnic in the country side. Write:
  • Which arrangements you have already done?
  • Other activities that can be done
  • How can your friend help with the arrangements?
2018-04-07: Task 2 (India; Iran; United Arab Emirates)
In recent society, more and more people are trying to live by their own. Is this a positive or a negative trend? What is your opinion and share your personal experiences?

2018-04-07: Task 2 (Canada)
Some people think that people who are over 60 years old should not work and retire earlier. To what extend do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "OLD PEOPLE":
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2018-03-24: Task 1 (India; Egypt)
You left your papers in a taxi, write a letter to the manager of the taxi’s company. Including:
  • What are the details of the journey?
  • Why are these papers important?
  • What can he do?
Questions and samples related to topic "LOSS REPORT":
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2018-03-24: Task 1 (USA)
Write an appreciation letter to a friend with whom you had a meal.

2018-03-24: Task 1 (Singapore; Australia)
One festival is being celebrated every year in your town and town council has asked people to help for this year's event. Write a letter to council's head stating your interest. Must cover these points:
  • Feed back about last year's event
  • What you can help with
  • Some information about the festival.
2018-03-24: Task 2 (India; Egypt)
Some people prefer to plan activities for their free time very carefully. Others disagree. Discuss both views, and give you opinion

Questions and samples related to topic "FREE TIME":
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2018-03-24: Task 2 (USA)
Some people believe bicycle has lot of advantages whereas others believe bicycle has more disadvantages.Discuss both views and give your opinion.

2018-03-24: Task 2 (Singapore; Australia)
Some people think that government should take care of disadvantaged people such as unemployed and homeless people. Do you agree or disagree?

Questions and samples related to topic "GOVERNMENT":
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2018-03-04: Task 1 (Brazil; USA)
Write a letter to manager to apologize for being late for work and many a times before.
  • Describe why you were late.
  • Describe the problem.
  • What steps will you take to avoid in future.
Questions and samples related to topic "APOLOGY":
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2018-03-04: Task 2 (Brazil; USA)
Some people thinks that dangerous sports should be banned. Do you agree of disagree with this statement?

Questions and samples related to topic "SPORT":
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2018-03-03: Task 1 (Iran; India; Saudi Arabia)
You organised a 90th birthday party for your relative in your local hotel. Write a letter to the manager about the success of the party for the elderly people. It should contain:
  • Details of the party.
  • Explain how the party was successful for elderly people.
  • Say about one of the staff who helped for the party.
2018-03-03: Task 1 (Australia)
You recently visited a museum with your old friend and observed some difficulties when walking to museum. Write a letter to the museum management and describe the problems:
  • Introduce yourself.
  • What are the problems.
  • What implementations can be done to fix the problems.
Questions and samples related to topic "SUGGESTION":
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2018-03-03: Task 2 (Iran; India; Saudi Arabia)
Some people spend money on tickets for sporting or cultural events. Is it good thing or bad thing? Explain your view from your knowledge or own experience?

Questions and samples related to topic "MONEY":
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2018-03-03: Task 2 (Australia)
Some people think that rest and sleep are the best methods to relax while others think that it can be done by involving in some activities like sports. Do you agree or disagree and give your view?

2018-02-10: Task 1 (USA)
Write a letter to your neighbor who often burns garbage close to your house. Complain about his action, tell him how this is impacting you and suggest ways to avoid it.

Questions and samples related to topic "COMPLAINT":
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2018-02-10: Task 1 (India)
Your friend invited you for a meal with his/her family in their home. Write a letter and cover the following points:
  • Thank him/her and tell about the meal you enjoyed the most.
  • How you felt meeting your friend's family.
  • What else you liked about this visit.
  • Inviting them to your home and and tell him/her about transportation arrangements.
Questions and samples related to topic "INVITATION":
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2018-02-10: Task 1 (Pakistan; Turkey)
Your company had a meeting at hotel and you are disappointing over facilities. Write a letter to manager about the event and advise.

Questions and samples related to topic "SUGGESTION":
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2018-02-10: Task 1 (Saudi Arabia)
write a letter to your landlord and report that there are some problems caused to the apartment due to the recent bad weather.

Questions and samples related to topic "COMPLAINT":
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2018-02-10: Task 2 (USA)
Some people believe school children should be given multiple short vacations while others believe they should get one long vacation. Give advantages of both and your point of view.

Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN":
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2018-02-10: Task 2 (India)
Some people believe that the most effective way to reduce industrial pollution is to tax the companies which causes them. Others think that there are better ways to do so. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "POLLUTION":
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2018-02-10: Task 2 (Pakistan; Turkey)
More and more people wear fashionable clothes. Is this development positive or negative.

2018-02-10: Task 2 (Saudi Arabia)
Some people believe that not all criminals should be kept in prison, but some of them should be allowed to do unpaid work to help the community. Do you agree or disagree.

Questions and samples related to topic "CRIME":
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2018-02-01: Task 1 (India)
Your friend has recently written to you to find out about your college. Letter to you friend:
  • why you chose this college
  • what you like most about your college and what you don't like about your college;
  • Would you recommend it to your friend to join your college.
Questions and samples related to topic "COLLEGE":
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2018-02-01: Task 1
Letter informing the newspaper that your company can't organise the sports event for the local community this year.
  • Why?
  • Future plans to compensate.
  • Importance of spots.
Questions and samples related to topic "APOLOGY":
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2018-02-01: Task 2 (India)
Some people believe that the most effective way to tackle industrial pollution is to tax factories generating it. Others say there are alternatives to handle it.Discuss both sides and provide your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "POLLUTION":
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2018-01-21: Task 1 (Turkey)
You want to visit a country that a friend of yours resides in. write a letter to him/her and tell her you will like to meet with her.

  1. Describe places you will like to visit.
  2. Ask her about accommodation options.
  3. Mention some activities you will like to do with him/her.
2018-01-21: Task 2 (Turkey)
Some people become famous at a very young age. Is this a good or bad thing? Discuss both views and give your opinion.

2018-01-20: Task 1 (India)
You recently moved to a new house.

Write a letter to your friend why you moved, description of the house, invite your friend to your new house.

Questions and samples related to topic "INVITATION":
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2018-01-20: Task 1 (USA)
A friend is moving to your town and has requested some information about the town. Write a letter to him/her with the following information:

  1. Housing in you hometown.
  2. Schooling system in the town.
  3. How to meet other people in the town.
2018-01-20: Task 2 (India)
Some people think homework is necessary for children to get good marks in the examinations, others disagree. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Questions and samples related to topic "HOMEWORK":
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2018-01-20: Task 2 (USA)
In many countries, as people are earning more these days they are also spending money in buying more and more items. Do you think it is a positive or negative development?

Questions and samples related to topic "MONEY":
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2018-01-06: Task 1 (Indonesia)
You left your bag in the airport, and write a letter to Airport Administrator and suggest what to do.

Questions and samples related to topic "LOSS REPORT":
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2018-01-06: Task 1 (Canada)
You recently moved in to your new apartment, write a letter to your landlord about:
  • Issues you are facing
  • How it affects you
  • What do you expect him to do about it?
Questions and samples related to topic "COMPLAINT":
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2018-01-06: Task 2 (Indonesia)
Some people consider price as most important thing to buy product (such as cell phone) or service (e.g. medical treatment). Do you agree or disagree.

2018-01-06: Task 2 (Canada)
Discuss both sides: Teenagers should be encouraged to work part-time. State your opinion.

2018-01-05: Task 1 (India)
You and your colleagues recently attended a foreign language training course organized by your company. Now you all want to do some more language training. Write a letter to your manager:

How you and your colleagues felt about the course; why you all want to do more language training; Suggest venue and time.

Questions and samples related to topic "TRAINING":
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2018-01-05: Task 2 (India)
In many cities today, most people live in large apartment blocks. Does this kind of accommodation have more advantages or disadvantages?



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