IELTS General: Letter to a friend about a problem at work.

General Writing Task 1: Model answer for a letter to a friend about work issues.

If you are doing IELTS general instead of the Academic version then you are lucky. In the general section, you only need to write a letter and it will be either formal or informal. There is a semi formal style but if you are writing to a friend, even if it is in a business setting, then just write informally.

In the Academic version of IELTS you will get one of the following: a bar chart, pie chart, line graph, map, process diagram, table, double task (pie chart and table for instance) so the general IELTS writing task 1 is much easier.

Let’s take a look at the task question below about an IELTS general letter to a friend.

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Model answer for a letter to a friend: Selling a laptop

IELTS general writing task 1, an informal letter.

There are 2 main types of register that you will need for IELTS general writing task 1. Formal or informal. If it is a letter to a friend then it will always be informal. If it’s to your boss, ex boss, a company, or some kind of business situation then it’s formal. Pretty simple really.

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IELTS general exam: How to write a formal letter

IELTSfocus writingGuide to writing a formal letter for IELTS general training.

Updated: February 2024

There are 3 types of letters in IELTS general, formal, semi-formal, and informal. If the letter is to a ‘friend’ then it is always informal, even if it is a letter to a friend in a business content. So to simplify it, most letters will be either formal or informal. I have not included any material on semi-formal here. Just a reminder, click here for a lesson about the differences in IELTS academic and IELTS general task 1 writing.

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IELTS general writing task 1 : How to write an informal letter

informal writing ieltsGuide to writing an informal letter for IELTS general training.

Updated: February 2024

You might have seen my post here about the differences in IELTS academic and IELTS general task 1 writing. The general training task 1 consists of writing a letter and it will be either formal or informal.

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