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Cambridge English: Advanced

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Writing Paper Part 2. Task Type: Email

This is part of an email you have received from an English-speaking friend, who will be visiting your home town for a short stay:

What a pity you won't be around when we arrive. Anyway, we'll only be there for one day and I was wondering whether you could recommend a couple of local restaurants. Something that caters for families would be great ... we eat anything!

Write the email to your friend recommending two local restaurants. (Around 220-260 words).

What you need to do to pass
Read our checklist first to understand what the examiner is looking for in a good answer.

Ideas for writing
Ask yourself the following questions to help you get started:

  • Decide how you are going to begin your email. You need a friendly and welcoming introduction:
    ’Yes, I'm sorry I won't be around when you arrive. It would have been great to see you’
  • Which restaurants are available? You can use your imagination or recommend some that actually exist.
  • In which ways are the restaurants family-friendly? Do they have a children's menu? Do they have special offers for family groups?
  • Remember to keep the email friendly. It's OK to use contractions and exclamation marks to achieve an informal tone.

Drafting and proofreading your work

You should look at your first draft of the task and decide:

  • Have you answered the question?
  • Is the layout and organisation appropriate?
  • Is the language accurate with a good range of structures?
  • Is the style appropriate and consistent?
  • Will it have a positive effect on the reader?

If the answer is 'no' to any of these questions then you will need to do some more drafting!



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