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When you did not tell a friend the whole truth

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 498 with Model Answer:

Describe a time when you did not tell a friend the whole truth.

You should say:
  • when it was
  • who this friend was
  • why you did not tell this friend the whole truth
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:

Well, I am not sure about others, but I have sometimes avoided telling the truth, be it the whole truth or just the partial truth, to my friends. As I look back now, sometimes I had a good reason for that, and sometimes I did not. Today, I would like to share the story of one such occasion with you.

To be honest with you, during my high school years, when I was just a young kid, I was not aware of the virtue of telling the truth no matter what. Sometimes telling “lies”, to my family or my friends, as long as it wasn’t hurting anybody’s interest, seemed like the better option. But I now think quite differently.

Of course, my parents, in their defence, had taught me to always tell the truth, no matter how awkward the situation could get. But, still, I took the liberty to avoid telling the truth to this friend of mine after visiting his garden – a flower garden which he had managed to grow after working on it tirelessly for days and nights.

So, why exactly couldn’t I tell him the whole truth? Well, the reason was that I was kind of jealous of his achievement in being able to grow such a nice flower garden within such a short period of time.

To make the long story short, both I and my friend had started growing our own flower gardens, separately, at the same time. We both worked very hard and spent a considerable amount of money to see our gardening projects succeed. But when the time finally arrived to compare which garden looked better, the truth is, my garden didn’t even remotely look as good as that of my friend. But, instead of actually admitting it to him, I just told him that his garden looked good but certainly not as good as my garden.

Anyway, right after failing to reveal the whole truth to my friend about his garden, I felt a bit guilty since I didn’t quite respect his efforts and hard work. Besides, I also felt ashamed of myself and my abilities as I was trying to give myself a “false sense of superiority” over my friends, by hiding the truth from him.

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