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Something your friends have but you do not

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 295 with Model Answer:

Describe something your friends have but you don't.

You should say:
  • what it is
  • how many of your friends own it
  • if you want to own it
and explain what you would do once you own it. 
 
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer 1:
A smartphone is no longer a luxury; rather, it has become a necessity in this modern time. Almost everyone has a smartphone in my surrounding, but, I do not have a smartphone of my own. My family is yet to buy me one as they think I should not have it until I turn 18. Since almost all of my friends have one or more smartphones, I think I should also have one as soon as I turn 18  - which is just a year away from now.

Having a smartphone is very common in our country, even for young students who are just over 12 years old or so. Many parents view a smartphone as an essential tool to keep in touch with their children. As a result, almost all of my friends and classmates have a smartphone. Most of them use their phones to talk to their family and friends, browse the internet, play games and maintain their social profiles -  among other things. But, my family consider having a smartphone is a distraction from academic studies and outdoor activities. Perhaps, my father is not in favour of allowing me to own a smartphone while I am still young, and I have not argued with them on this issue. 

Definitely, I want to have a smartphone of my own. But I would not want to hurt my parents' emotions by owning it without their consent or support. I'm over 17 already, and if I wait a year or so, I will be able to own it without causing any hard feelings to my parents, who have decided not to buy me a smartphone for the sake of my own good.

I think I will do a lot of things once I have my own smartphone. First and foremost, I will use the built-in high-resolution camera to capture some nice pictures and then upload them to my Instagram account. Then, I will download and install some useful applications that would help me keep in touch with my family and friends. Perhaps I will also install a couple of games to test them out. Not to mention, I sometimes play games on my friend's mobile which seems really interesting to me. So I will download and play some games, I guess. Finally, I will browse the internet to learn new things and get help on my academic subjects. 



Sample Answer 2:
I am a student at a local college in our city, and the college is far away from my residence. Some of my friends, whose houses are also far away from the college, use motorbikes or bicycles to commute to and from college while I have to rely on public transportation for that purpose. Considering the freedom of having a vehicle of my own, I am planning to have a bicycle soon. Thank you for giving me this nice topic, and I will tell you why I want to have a bicycle, how many of my friends have it, and finally, what I will do once I have it.

A bicycle is a great mode of transportation considering its eco-friendliness. It also keeps the rider fit and healthy. So, many people ride a bicycle to commute safely while also having some physical exercise each day. At least twelve of my friends and classmates in my college own a bicycle, and they use them regularly. They do not need to wait for a bus or other public transports the way I do, as a result.

Considering all these reasons, I think I should have a bicycle of my own. I have already told my father about it, and he replied that he is going to buy me a nice bicycle in a few weeks time.   

If I could get a bicycle, I will use it for numerous purposes. First of all, I will use it for commuting to and from my college. My trouble to ride in a public bus will be over. Moreover, I'll be able to travel anywhere inside the city easily whenever I want. There will be no time barrier like I have now when I borrow my friend’s bicycle. Finally, riding a bicycle is a great physical exercise. So, it will help me to be healthy if I ride it every day. These are my initial plans to do with a bicycle.

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