English Writing Exercises for B1 – A message

Preparation

1. Complete the polite requests with the words below.

could      if      mind      possible      wonder

1 Would it be ________. for you to ___ ?

2 _____. you please ___ ?

3 Would you ________. telling me ___ ?

4 Would you mind ________. ___ ?

5 I ________. if ___

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1 possible   2 Could   3 mind   4 if   5 wonder

2. Rewrite the imperatives as polite requests. Include the word in brackets.

Tidy your room! (possibly)

 ________

Give me your address! (mind)

 ________

Phone me later! (wonder)

 ________

Bring me some coffee! (possible)

     ________

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Could you please tidy your room?

2 Would you mind giving me your address?

I wonder if you could phone me later.

4 Would it be possible for you to bring me some coffee?

Writing Strategy

Make sure that you a) include all of the points in the task and b) develop each point, that is, add some extra information or detail. Try not to write just one sentence for each point.

3. Read the Writing Strategy. Then read the message. Match the extra information 1-5 with A-D in the message. There is one piece of information you do not need.

Hi! name is David and I live in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. [A] I’m sixteen years old, and I live with parents and younger brother. [B]

I’m a huge fan of music and I love going to gigs. I also play guitar in a band. [C] I also enjoy going to the cinema and watching films at home.

I’ve got a computer in room and I often chat to friends online. I wonder if you could send me your Skype address. [D]

1 We aren’t very good because we don’t practice enough!

2 That is why I’m interested in finding a penfriend.

3 Our flat is in the centre of the city, near the river.

4 It would be fun to speak to you some time.

5 His name is Miles and he’s into computer.

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1 C   3 A   4 D   5 B

Writing Guide

Hi! name is Lucy. I’m fifteen years old and I live in Birmingham in the UK. I’m in interested in chatting (in English!) with teenagers from different countries using Skype. Please send me a message and tell me a little about yourself, your family and your hobbies. Also, please say why you are interested in chatting. I’m waiting to hear from you!

Click here to reply to Lucy.

You have seen this advertisement on a website. Write a message in reply and provide the information Lucy asks for. Include a request for information in your message.

4. Read the advertisement and the task above. Then make brief notes under headings 1-4.

1 Information about yourself

  ________

  ________

2 Information about your family

  ________

  ________

3 Hobbies and interests

  ________

  ________

4 What information are you requesting?

     _________

     _________

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5. Write your message. Use your notes from exercise 4 and include a phrase from exercise 1 for your polite request.

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