IELTS Preparation

Describe something you bought but did not use much

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IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 362 with Model Answer:

Describe something you bought but did not use much.

You should say:

  • what it was
  • where you bought it from
  • why you bought it

and explain why you didn’t use it that much.

[You
will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one
minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes
to help you if you wish.]



Model Answer:

Thank you very much for the time you have given me to talk about something I have purchased but hardly used. I will tell you about the mobile phone that I bought six months ago which I have barely touched so far.

The mobile phone that I purchased was from the Samsung brand and I purchased it from a ‘Samsung Smartphone Cafe’. The store is located a few blocks away from my home and I purchased a Samsung smartphone (model Samsung Galaxy A 30) which cost me nearly $340.

I already have a smartphone that comes with better features and configuration than the one I recently purchased. However, my daughter, who is barely 4 years old, often used to grab my mobile phone to watch her favourite cartoons on YouTube. Sometimes, I needed the phone to check my emails or make a phone call while she was expecting to watch cartoons at the same time. I had been in a great quandary as it was hard for me to say no to my little angel to let her use my phone while I needed that for important tasks. That’s when I decided to buy a second smartphone to solve my dilemma.

So basically, I bought the phone so that I could use it as my backup phone and let my daughter use it to enjoy her favourite cartoons online. However, within a few days, my daughter no longer was interested to watch her cartoons on the screen of a smartphone. She chose a bigger screen for that- our TV. Since I do not want to carry two mobile phones with me and my daughter no longer watch videos on that smartphone, it is left unused at home. However, I charge it time to time so that it does not get switched off.

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