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IELTS General Writing Task 1 with model answer

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic

You have heard about plans to build new apartments in a public park near your home. You want to give your opinion about this. 

Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. In your letter

  • explain how you learnt about these plans 
  • say what you think of the park 
  • give your opinion on the plans

Write at least 150 words. 


You do NOT need to write any addresses. 

Begin your letter as follows: Dear Sir or Madam,

Model Answer:

Dear Sir or Madam , 

I am writing this letter to express my personal opinion in regard to the proposed housing construction to be built in Happy Garden. Earlier this month an article was published in your newspaper, The Sun, which highlighted that Sime Darby, the renowned property developer, has plans to demolish the public park and replace it with new apartments.

This news is heart-breaking. The community of Happy Garden often utilize the park for evening walks. On top of that, they also spend their leisure time in the park , breathing fresh air alongside enjoying the calm and serene green environment. I believe the park brings the community together and it allows people to relax from their Thectic work life. 

I hope that Sime Darby could consider reserving and maintaining the park for the best interest of the community. We would be grateful if the property developer could look out for other space options available for the building of apartments, such as the unowned lands near the lake side. 

Thank you for hearing me out. 

Yours sincerely, 

Sat Desh Kaur

Total Words: 180

Task Achievement: 9

Coherence & Cohesion: 9

Lexical resources: 9

Grammar: 9

Overall Score: Band 9

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