GT Writing Band 8/9: A friend has agreed to look after your house and pet while you are on holiday.

A friend has agreed to look after your house and pet while you are on holiday. (Informal Letter)

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

  •  Give contact details for when you are away
  •  Give instructions on how to care for your pet
  •  Describe other household duties

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear …………,

Band 8/9 Sample Answer:

Dear Cynthia,

Thank you for agreeing to house-sit for me. If you need to contact me while I’m away, I’ll be staying at The Merrion Hotel, Merrion Square in Dublin. If it’s urgent, however, please call me on my mobile phone, which I’ll keep with me at all times. I’ve written the numbers on a sticky note which I’ve left on the fridge.

My cat needs to be fed twice daily -morning and evening. So each morning and evening put a handful of cat food in his dish and fresh water in his water pot. You will find the food in a jar in the kitchen cupboard. Please check throughout the day to make sure he drinks plenty of fresh water. You can give him a small bowl of milk in the evening but do it every other day.

I would like you to water my plants, too. The indoor ones in the lounge only need water twice a week but the plants on the balcony need to be watered daily except on rainy days. Finally, for security, please lock the door and shut the windows before you go to bed. Also, clear my mailbox every day and keep the outside lights on at night.

I look forward to seeing you on my return.

Warm wishes,


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