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IELTS Informal Letter 1 - General Training Writing Task 1

Your friend recently invited you to a marriage anniversary party that they are holding next Saturday. However, you can not attend this party. Write a letter to your friend.

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Your friend recently invited you to a marriage anniversary party that they are holding next Saturday. However, you can not attend this party. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

  • mention you cannot attend the party
  • explain the reason why you can not attend the party
  • suggest when you can meet them

Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear …………………,

Sample Answer:

Dear James and Sophia,

I hope you are doing well.

I am writing to thank you for the family invitation to your marriage anniversary party on the coming Saturday. First of all, we want to congratulate both of you on this special occasion, but we are unable to attend this ceremony due to some prior commitments.

On the same day, our whole family has planned to visit a music festival that is being held in our city. Some of our relatives are also joining us for the event, and all of our tickets have already been confirmed. Moreover, we intend to go out for dinner together after the event, and it will be too late for us to return and join your celebration.

However, I regret that we could not be there with you to share those special moments. But, if you are available the following day, we can meet for coffee and spend some quality time together. Please let us know the best time and place to meet.

Once again, congratulations on your wedding anniversary. I eagerly await your response.

Best regards,
Fifty Geeks