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IELTS 2020 General Writing Questions

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

This page includes 60 test questions in both Task 1 (letter) and Task 2 (essay). We link other or early writing questions of similar topics together. These questions are excellent samples to mock IELTS general writing test and give valuable clues and ideas to prepare popular topics.

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2020-08-22: Task 1
Write a letter to your friend about a job opportunity you came across that they might find interesting.

In your letter, you should:
  • give some details about the job
  • mention how you came across the job opportunity
  • explain why you feel the job would be suitable for your friend
Questions and samples related to topic "*RECOMMENDATION,JOB":
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2020-08-22: Task 2
Many people argue that eating junk food has led to an unhealthy lifestyle. This problem has become more common among young people these days. Do you agree or disagree that junk food is the cause of the issue?

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Questions and samples related to topic "LIFESTYLE":
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2020-08-16: Task 1
You have a meeting with your manager the next day. Write a letter telling him/her what you are going to discuss in the meeting.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • what you have done for the company in the year you worked there
  • what changes you would like to recommend
  • what training you require
Questions and samples related to topic "*DESCRIPTION,BUSINESS":
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2020-08-16: Task 2
Most people prefer shopping in supermarkets nowadays. How does this affect the local shops? What are the positive and negative impacts of this development?

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Questions and samples related to topic "SHOP":
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2020-07-04: Task 1
One of your friends lives in another country. You want to spend some time working in that country. Write a letter to your friend.

In your letter, you should:
  • describe why you want to work in that country
  • tell him/her about your skills and experience
  • ask some questions related to work (e.g. wage/salary)
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,JOB":
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2020-07-04: Task 2   Vocabulary for Education
Some people say that educational success most of the time depends on having a good teacher. Others say that student attitudes also do matters. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

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Questions and samples related to topic "EDUCATION":
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2020-06-27: Task 1
You are working for an international company. You have seen an advertisement for a training course which will be useful for your work. Write a letter to your manager.

In your letter, you should:
  • describe why you want to take the course
  • explaining how it will be beneficial to the company
  • tell who will be managing your work in your absence.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,COURSE":
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2020-06-27: Task 1
You read an article in a newspaper about a city/town. Some of the information in that article is wrong. Write a letter to the newspaper editions.

In your letter, you should:
  • describe how you know the city/town
  • tell what the problems are
  • suggest what you want the editor to do.
Questions and samples related to topic "*AMENDMENT,INFORMATION":
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2020-06-27: Task 2   Vocabulary for Environment
Nowadays, pollution and waste levels are increasing rapidly. How does this affect ordinary people? What steps can be taken to overcome this problem?

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Questions and samples related to topic "ENVIRONMENT":
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2020-06-27: Task 2
The age at which people have children has risen. Some people believe that because of this, families and countries will suffer some problems. What is your opinion?

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Questions and samples related to topic "FAMILY":
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2020-06-20: Task 1
There is a public event coming up in your town. Write a letter to your friend who you think would be interested to take part in it.

In your letter, you should:
  • describe the event
  • explain why you think he/she would be interested in it
  • suggest an arrangement to meet there with him/her.
Questions and samples related to topic "*INVITATION,EVENT":
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2020-06-20: Task 2
Most employers do job interviews before offering a position to a person. Do you think this is the best way to do it or are there better alternatives? What is the best method of choosing employees in your opinion?

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Questions and samples related to topic "EMPLOYMENT":
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2020-06-18: Task 1
You recently stayed at your friend’s place, to look after the house while he/she is away. You accidentally damaged something in his/her house. Write a letter to your friend.

In your letter, you should:
  • describe what the accident was
  • explain when it happened
  • suggest how the damage can be fixed.
Questions and samples related to topic "*APOLOGY,DAMAGE":
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2020-06-18: Task 2   Vocabulary for Technology
Some people think that new technology always improves the lives of workers. Other people believe that it results in disadvantages for workers. Discuss both the views and give your opinion.

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2020-06-13: Task 1
You live in a block of flats, your neighbor makes a lot of noise which has caused problems for you. Write a letter to your landlord.

In your letter, you should:
  • explain the situation
  • tell him/her how you are affected by this
  • suggest what you want the landlord to do.
Questions and samples related to topic "*COMPLAINT,HOUSE":
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2020-06-13: Task 1
You have completed the course and received a certificate, but you lost it on the way back. Write a letter to the Principal of the college.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • how you lost the certificate
  • why you need it
  • what you expect the principal to do.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,LOST":
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2020-06-13: Task 2
In many countries, traditions and customs are disappearing. What are the reasons? What should schools and parents do to keeping our traditions alive?

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Questions and samples related to topic "CULTURE":
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2020-06-13: Task 2
Young people these days tend to be less polite and respectful than in the past. What are the causes and give your solutions?

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Questions and samples related to topic "YOUNG PEOPLE":
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2020-06-11: Task 1
You recently spent a weekend with your friend in her/his new house. Write a letter to your friend.

In your letter, you should:
  • explain what you like about his new house
  • tell him/her what you enjoyed most during your staying
  • suggest when and where you could meet next time with her/him.
Questions and samples related to topic "*THANK YOU,INVITATION":
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2020-06-11: Task 2
Some people think that teenagers should be requested an unpaid job in their free time. They believe that these will be helpful for both individual teenagers and local communities. Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons to your answer, and require examples.

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Questions and samples related to topic "TEENAGER":
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2020-06-10: Task 1
You ordered equipment online. However, when you received it, it was damaged. Send a letter to the manager of the company.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • giving the details about the equipment
  • explain the damage
  • suggest what you want the manager to do.
Questions and samples related to topic "*COMPLAINT,DAMAGE":
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2020-06-10: Task 2
Giving pocket money to children is very common in many countries. To what extend do you agree and disagree?

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Questions and samples related to topic "MONEY":
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2020-06-04: Task 1
Write a letter to your friend about missing the date with him on a day because you have planned. Tell him how you tried to contact him but it did not work out either.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • what the reason is
  • how you tried to contact him
  • give an alternative plan to meet him sometime.
Questions and samples related to topic "*APOLOGY,FRIEND":
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2020-06-04: Task 2
Some sports are extremely dangerous to the players. Why do people participate in such sports? Tell some measures to avoid the risks involved.

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Questions and samples related to topic "SPORT":
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2020-06-02: Task 1
There is a problem related to the changing room of your gym in your community. You reported it several times, but it was not solved. Write a letter to the manager.

In your letter, you should:
  • describe the problem
  • what they said while reporting the problem
  • what you want the manager to do.
Questions and samples related to topic "*COMPLAINT,CHANGING ROOM":
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2020-06-02: Task 2
Some people prefer to relax by doing physical activities, while others choose mental activities (crosswords, chess, etc.). Discuss both views and give your opinion.

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Questions and samples related to topic "HEALTH":
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2020-06-01: Task 1
You learned a piece of news from your friend regarding a part-time job at a new international company near your house. Write a letter to that company.

In your letter, you should:
  • explain why you need that job
  • give the details what you can do for the company
  • suggest the time that you can work.
Questions and samples related to topic "*APPLICATION,JOB":
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2020-06-01: Task 1
Write a letter to the department of education to provide financial assistance for a short training course that you want to do in some foreign country.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • what course you want to take
  • why you want to take the course
  • how financial assistance can help you.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,COURSE":
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2020-06-01: Task 2
Many people think that important things in life can't be bought. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

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Questions and samples related to topic "LIFESTYLE":
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2020-06-01: Task 2
In the past, people used to get information from books. These days more and more people get it from the internet. Give reasons for your opinion and include any relevant examples.

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Questions and samples related to topic "BOOK,INTERNET":
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2020-05-30: Task 1
Write a letter to a hotel manager in another city for an upcoming 2-day business trip for you and your colleagues.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • introduce of yourself and colleagues
  • give information about the business meeting
  • tell other requests you might have.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,HOTEL":
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2020-05-30: Task 2   Vocabulary for Technology
Some older people struggle with the use of modern electronic technology such as smartphones, computers. What are the reasons and give your solutions.

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2020-05-29: Task 2   Vocabulary for Science
Some people believe that learning science is necessary for everyone, others disagree. Discuss both views and mention your opinion.

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Questions and samples related to topic "SCIENCE":
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2020-05-28: Task 1
You recently went on a business trip and stayed in a hotel. On getting home, you realized you left some things at the hotel. Write a letter to the hotel manager.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • details of your stay
  • the items you left behind
  • what you want the manager to do.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,LEFT":
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2020-05-28: Task 2
Some people prefer to raise children in the cities while others believe that children should be raised in the countryside. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

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Questions and samples related to topic "CHILDREN":
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2020-05-26: Task 1
You are planning a week-long vacation and you need someone to take care of your house while you are away. Write a letter to your neighbor and tell them that you are going away.

In your letter, you should:
  • ask them to take care of your house
  • explain why you will be away.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,HELP":
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2020-05-26: Task 2   Vocabulary for Environment
Some people believe that an effective way to reduce industrial pollution is to tax the companies which cause these types of pollution. others think that there are other ways. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

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Questions and samples related to topic "ENVIRONMENT":
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2020-05-23: Task 2
Many people think dangerous sports should be banned. Do you agree or disagree? Give your opinion.

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Questions and samples related to topic "SPORT":
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2020-05-16: Task 1
You have found an interesting website. Write a letter to your friend to tell him about the website.

In your letter, you should:
  • describe what the website is
  • explain why the website is interesting in
  • tell how this website will help him/her.
Questions and samples related to topic "*RECOMMENDATION,WEBSITE":
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2020-05-16: Task 2
In some countries, governments pay unemployed people on a weekly basis. How would this impact people as well as the government? Do you agree or disagree with that?

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Questions and samples related to topic "GOVERNMENT,EMPLOYMENT":
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2020-05-12: Task 1
Write a letter to the newspaper editor about the mistake they made in an article.

In your letter, you should:
  • explain what the mistake is
  • suggest how to correct that mistake.
Questions and samples related to topic "*AMENDMENT,INFORMATION":
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2020-05-12: Task 2   Vocabulary for Education
Some people believe that children should continue schooling until 18 years of age, while others suggest that schooling till 14 years of age is enough. Discuss both views and present your opinion.

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Questions and samples related to topic "EDUCATION":
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2020-05-10: Task 1
There is a public event coming up in your town. Write a letter to your friend who you think would be interested to take part in it.

In your letter, you should:
  • describe the event
  • say why you think he/she would be interested
  • suggest an arrangement to meet there with him/he.
Questions and samples related to topic "*INVITATION,EVENT":
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2020-05-10: Task 2
Some people like to spend their leisure time with their colleagues while others prefer to keep their private life separate from their work life. Is it a good thing to spend leisure time with a colleague?

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Questions and samples related to topic "LIFESTYLE":
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2020-04-28: Task 1   Vocabulary for Work
Write a letter to a friend who will come to your country to work for 6 months.

In your letter, you should:
  • recommend a city
  • suggest a few jobs that your friend could do
  • give some opinions about making friends with the locals.
Questions and samples related to topic "*SUGGESTION,WORK":
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2020-04-28: Task 2   Vocabulary for Education
Some people prefer one-on-one lessons, while others like groups. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

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Questions and samples related to topic "EDUCATION":
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2020-04-18: Task 1
You moved to a new country and you want to write a letter to your former colleague.

In your letter, you should:
  • tell him/her where did you go and what you are doing there (job)
  • describe your feeling
  • invite your friend to come.
Questions and samples related to topic "*INVITATION,MOVE":
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2020-04-18: Task 2
Some people think public libraries are necessary, others believe that the public libraries are useless. What is your opinion and provide with some relevant examples.

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Questions and samples related to topic "LIBRARY":
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2020-03-21: Task 1
Write a letter to your local council that the road in front of your house is damaged.

In your letter, you should:
  • tell him your name and where you are living
  • describe the problem
  • suggest what you want him to do for it.
Questions and samples related to topic "*COMPLAINT,SERVICE":
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2020-03-21: Task 2
Many companies and organizations require their employees to wear uniform. What kind of jobs require uniforms? What are the disadvantages of wearing a uniform to work?

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Questions and samples related to topic "BUSINESS":
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2020-03-14: Task 1
Write a letter to the government about the lack of sports facilities in your hometown for people of your age.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • what facilities you want
  • why you want them
  • what suggestions you can give
Questions and samples related to topic "*SUGGESTION,SERVICE":
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2020-03-14: Task 2
More and more people are wearing fashionable clothes. Is it a good or bad situation?

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Questions and samples related to topic "FASHION":
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2020-03-07: Task 1
Your friend has just moved to a new house. Write a letter to your friend and let him know about the gift that you prepared for him/her.

In your letter, you should:
  • describe the gift
  • tell how it will be delivered
  • explain why you chose it.
Questions and samples related to topic "*DESCRIPTION,GIFT":
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2020-03-07: Task 1
A foreign friend of your plans to visit your place and stay with you, but you do not have time on that date. Give your friend another alternate date to come.

In your letter, you should:
  • apology for it
  • explain what you will busy for on that date
  • suggest to him/her an alternate time to come.
Questions and samples related to topic "*APOLOGY,VISIT":
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2020-03-07: Task 2   Vocabulary for Technology
Some people say that technologies such as mobile phones are disrupting social interaction. Do you agree or disagree?

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Questions and samples related to topic "TECHNOLOGY":
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2020-03-07: Task 2
It is better for young people to get advises from old people than young ones. Do you agree or disagree?

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Questions and samples related to topic "YOUNG PEOPLE":
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2020-03-01: Task 1
Write a letter to your manager to request setting up a cafeteria for the staff.

In your letter, you should tell:
  • what you heard about the inconvenience from the staffs
  • how you feel about it
  • what suggestion you can give
Questions and samples related to topic "*SUGGESTION,ROOM":
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2020-03-01: Task 2
Why do some people who leave school early are more successful compared with those who complete their studies? Reasons why they are more successful and what is required to be successful?

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2020-02-29: Task 1
Write a letter to your colleague asking for help in setting up equipment for your presentation.

In your letter, you should:
  • tell when and where the presentation will deliver
  • describe your arrangements
  • say him/her what equipment you need.
Questions and samples related to topic "*REQUEST,PRESENTATION":
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2020-02-29: Task 2
Some people think the best way to stay fit is by joining a gym/health club while others think doing everyday activities such as walking and climbing stairs is sufficient. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

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Questions and samples related to topic "HEALTH":
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2020-02-22: Task 1   Vocabulary for Work
You are leaving your job and would like to invite your friend as your replacement. Write a letter to your friend.

In your letter, you should:
  • describe the job
  • explain the reason you leave
  • tell him/her why you recommend the job to them.
Questions and samples related to topic "*RECOMMENDATION,WORK":
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2020-02-22: Task 2
Teenagers face a lot of difficulties at home and at school. What are the causes of this? How can parents provide solutions?

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2020-02-16: Task 1   Vocabulary for Holiday
You are planing for a vacation and want your friend to go with you. Write a letter to your friend.

In your letter, you should:
  • tell him/her why you want to take a vacation
  • describe your plan
  • invite him/her to go with you.
Questions and samples related to topic "*INVITATION,HOLIDAY":
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2020-02-16: Task 2
People are becoming too dependent on the Internet and phone. Is it a positive or negative development?

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Questions and samples related to topic "INTERNET":
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