Skip to main content

When someone did not tell you the complete truth

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 377 with Model Answer:

Describe a situation when someone did not tell you the complete truth.

You should say:
  • when it was
  • who did not tell you the complete truth
  • how you later learned about it
and explain how you felt about it.

[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 1: 
I have been taught to tell the whole truth, as opposed to the partial truth, as it always minimises the possibility of a misunderstanding. But, still, some people often go for this kind of partial truth, just as it happened to me a few years ago. Here, I will share this experience with you.

It happened about 5 years ago, when I had just graduated from university, and I was desperately searching for some kinds of internships or jobs. But, unfortunately, things were not looking too bright for me as my country was going through some kind of recession back then. But, still, I kept trying.

Anyway, while I was continuing my job search, I received a phone call from one of my university batch-mates who informed me about a forthcoming job fair which was supposed to take place at a local hotel in my hometown.  I was really happy to hear the news, but, sadly, I fell sick with terrible stomach flu on the day when the job fair was supposed to take place and thus missing the opportunity to attend it.

A couple of days later, I called the person to tell him about what really had happened to me. In response, he told me that he couldn’t attend the job fair either, but he was still able to leave his CV at the hotel reception a day later because the companies wanted to give all the missing candidates, who had already registered their names at the hotel reception ahead of the schedule, another opportunity to apply. Later, of course, I found out that batch mate knew it all along except that he just didn’t care to explain it to me.

Not sure, why my university batch-mate chose to do this, but I felt a bit betrayed and disappointed with such behaviour. However, I also felt that I was a bit stupid on my part as well because I didn’t care to gather all the necessary information about the job fair by asking important questions, instead of just visiting the hotel reception to get registered for a spot.


Sample Answer 2:
Thank you for allowing me the time to talk about a situation when I was not told the whole truth. It was a deeply emotional experience for me, but the truth was withheld from me for good intentions.

It happened approximately four years ago. It was a typical evening when my younger uncle called me and informed me that my beloved grandmother was seriously ill, and that I needed to go to my hometown immediately. I was stunned and worried because I had a very close relationship with my grandmother, and I knew she was not in the best of health. Without hesitation, I rushed to make travel arrangements to visit her.

The journey was long and filled with anxiety. I couldn't help but think about my grandmother's well-being and what could have caused her sudden illness. My uncle had mentioned that her condition was severe, and this added to my apprehension. Finally, after hours of travel, I reached my hometown. However, what awaited me was heartbreaking. As I entered my grandparents' home, I was greeted by a sombre and mournful atmosphere. It was then that I realized that something was amiss.

When I inquired about my grandmother's health, my family members exchanged glances, and my uncle took me aside to talk privately. With a heavy heart, he revealed the truth. He explained that my grandmother had passed away before he made that call to me. The reason he hadn't told me the complete truth over the phone was to prevent me from experiencing emotional shock and distress while I was travelling alone.

My uncle did not want to burden me with the devastating news during the journey, as it would have been challenging to handle it while being away from my family. However, I was deeply saddened by the loss of my beloved grandmother, who meant a lot to me.

While my uncle's intentions were undoubtedly compassionate, it was hard to accept that I had been kept in the dark, even for what seemed like a good reason. In hindsight, I understand why he made that choice, but at the time, it was difficult to reconcile my emotions.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Describe an animal which you find interesting

IELTS Cue Card Question 49 With Model Answer:  Describe an animal which you find very interesting. You should say:  what animal it is where you saw it what it looks like and explain why you think it is an interesting animal. [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: Introduction & What animal it is: Animals are one of the most fascinating and diverse creations of nature. There are so many different types of animals that exist on our planet. Among them, the animal which I find the most interesting is the "chameleon". For this topic, I would like to talk about this animal that I personally find so fascinating and interesting. The chameleon is a type of lizard that is known for its ability to change colour. This unique ability of the chameleon has always amazed me. Where you saw it: I first saw a chameleon at

Describe a time when you were very busy

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 275 with Model Answer: Describe a time when you were very busy. You should say: when it was what you had to do during that time how you managed it and explain how you felt about being so busy.   [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.]

A person who encouraged you to achieve a goal

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card   500   with Model Answer: Describe a person who encouraged you to achieve a goal. You should say: who this person is what goal it was how he or she has encouraged you to achieve the goal and explain how useful this person's encouragement was for you to achieve the goal. [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 1: Sometimes, all we need is just a little encouragement from someone to do better and become successful in life. And that’s exactly how I succeeded in achieving a goal recently, which I otherwise thought was not possible. Now, calling “riding a car always” - no matter wherever I go and how short the distance is - is a “bad habit” that might actually offend some people, but it certainly felt like one to me. I found out that I was gaining extra pounds in my body, and my fitness was deterioratin

Person in your family who you most admire

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 10 With Model Answer: Describe the person in your family who you most admire. You should say: what his/her relationship is with you what he/she has done in your life what he/she does now and explain why you admire this person the most. [You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 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: My mother is the person in my family whom I most admire. She is not only my mother but also my role model and best friend. I would like to thank you for this excellent topic that enables me to talk about the person I love and admire the most. My mother has done many things in my life that have made me admire her. Firstly, she has always been there for me, no matter what. Whenever I am going through a difficult time, she listens to me and offers advice or support. Additionally, my mother has always encouraged me to pu