General Writing Task 1 Vocabulary

General Training Writing Vocabulary

In GT IELTS writing Task 1, you will be asked to respond to a given problem with a letter requesting information or explaining a situation. You are required to write at least 150 words in this task. Depending on the task suggested, your letter writing will be assessed on your ability to:

• Engage in personal correspondence
• Elicit and provide general factual information
• Express needs, wants, likes and dislikes
• Express opinions (views, complaints etc.)

You will have to write a short letter in response to a given problem or situation. Your writing will be assessed on your ability to:

• Engage in personal correspondence
• Elicit and provide general factual information
• Express needs, wants, likes and dislikes
• Express opinions

You will also be judged on your ability to:

  • Answer the question without straying from the topic

    •Write in a way which allows your reader to follow your ideas

    • Use English grammar and syntax accurately

    • Use appropriate language in terms of register, style and content 

To write the letter efficiently you need to learn some vocabularies.The following article tries to help you grasp the vocabulary you need to know. 

Formal Salutation:

Personal Letter: Dear Ruhan, My dear Rex.
Do not write: Ruhan, Hi Rex, Hello Nicole, Rini, is everything fine? 

 

Official Letter: Dear Sir or Madam , Sir or Madam ( If you don’t know who are you writing to; use only sir or madam)
Do not write: My dear Sir, My dear Madam, Dear Mr Alex, Mrs Cathy, Sir Rex.

Business Letter: Dear Sir or Madam , Sir or Madam. ( If you don’t know who are you writing to; use only sir or madam)
Do not write: My dear Sir, My dear Madam, Dear Mr Alex, Mrs Cathy.

 

Describing the Purpose:

Proposed Starting:
I am writing this letter to you ……  
I am writing to you…..

Example:  
1) I am writing you to inform the problem with the library of our University…  
2) I am writing to you for informing you about the problem with our new debate team….

Describing the Purpose with Reference:

Proposed Starting:
In response to your letter/ invitation/proposal/ complaint/ advertisement/ written claim ……  
In reply to your letter /invitation/ proposal/ complaint/ advertisement/ written claim ……   
With the reference of your letter/invitation/proposal/ complaint/ advertisement/written claim ……   

Example:  
1) I am writing you in response to your invitation………. 
2) With the reference of your proposal……….

Situation:

Apology:  
• I am very sorry but………. 
• I am terribly sorry, but……….
• I must apologize about……….

 

Complaint:  
• I feel something should be done about……….
• I must complain about……….
• I can not resist myself to inform you that……….
• I am very much unhappy with……….
• I want you to know that……….

 

Request:  
• Could you please……….
• Could you possibly……….
• I would be great full if you……….
• I would highly glad if you……….
• Would it be possible to……….
• I wonder if you could……….
• Would you be kind enough to……….
• would you mind doing……….  

 

Suggestion: 
• Perhaps we could………..  
• Perhaps you can………… 
• I would like to suggest that………..
• May I suggest that………… 
• Could you please………..    
• I would highly appreciate if you……….. 

 

Providing Information: 
• I would like to inform you that………..  
• Perhaps you should be informed that………… 
• I guess you would glad to know that………..
• Please be informed that………… 
• For your kind notification………..    
• I should let you know that…….

To End the letter:

Apology:
• Once again, I am sorry for any inconvenience caused………. 

• I hope I did not cause you too much problem……….
• Please accept my apologies once more……….
• I am so sorry for the whole thing………. 
• I hope you will accept my apologies……….
• Kindly accept my apologies ..

Complaint:
• I expect to hear from you soon……….

• Hopefully you will pay immediate attention to this matter ……….
• I highly expect your kind attention about the situation……….
• I want you to take immediate action about the misunderstanding……….

Request:
• Thank you again for your attention to this matter……….

• Could you possibly resend the papers?……….
• I expect to hear from you again……….

 

Providing Information:
• I would like to inform you that I have already send the papers you asked me to………..  

• Perhaps you should be informed that the last date  has already been over………… 
• I hope this information will be helpful for you, please contact me for any other information ………..
• This is all I would like to inform you.Please feel free to contact me for any information…………

 Expecting reply from someone :  
• I am looking forward to hearing from you …….
• I am waiting to hear from you soon………..  
• I look forward to hearing from you soon………… 
• I am expecting to hear from you soon………..
• I am eagerly waiting for your response………… 
   

 Farewell :
Personal Letter : Yours truly, Yours ever, Best regard , Best wishes, Many thanks, Love. 
Official Letter : Yours sincerely, Yours faithfully, Yours obedient. 
Business Letter : Yours sincerely, Yours faithfully.