IELTS letter to a newspaper editor

IELTS Letters 9

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You recently read an article in newspaper about someone you know personally. You found some information is wrong.

Write a letter to the editor to inform him about it. Use following points:

  • What is the article about?
  • What is the error?
  • What you expect an editor to do?

Write at least 150 words. You need not write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows,

Dear Sir,


Dear Sir,

I am John Wright from London. I am writing to you regarding the recent article you published about Sir David Markham last week, April 2nd, in The Times newspaper.

The article recounts a brief biography of Sir David’s life and then continues to focus on his work and the impact it has had on modern politics. The biography starts with his birth in Edinburgh and his later move in 1962 to the Durham University. From there, it focuses on his work with the UNESCO.

I would like to bring an error in your article to your kind attention. Documentation shows that Sir David did not attend the University of the Durham, in 1961. In fact, he took a gap year in Europe working with a volunteer program and then joined the university in 1962. I know this as I worked with him in the same camp and became friends with him. His year abroad, which is absent from your article, forged a foundation of his philosophy of life and his work in later years.

I hope you will publish this rectification in the newspaper. Sir David’s work is still of immense importance and people should know the significance of that year’s gap in his life.

Looking forward to a positive reply.

Yours faithfully,

John Wright

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