A Time You Borrowed Something useful – IELTS Cue Card Sample 27

IELTS Cue Card Sample 27 - Topic : A Time You Borrowed Something useful

Describe a time when you forgot something important.

You should say:

  • when it happened
  • what you forgot
  • who you were with
  • what was the result of your forgetting
  • and explain why it was important.

Describe a time when you borrowed something.

You should say:

  • what you borrowed
  • who you borrowed it from
  • what you used it for (how it was useful to you)
  • and explain why you borrowed it. 

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Let’s see, a time when I forgot something important/ I (once) borrowed something useful. It happened a few months ago when I had to attend a crucial exam for my accounting qualification.

The test strictly required candidates to use black ball point pen to write the paper. I was sure that morning when I left for the exam that I had put two pens in my backpack. However, I was not sure of their ink colors. So by the time I reached the examination hall, I quickly opened my backpack to check. To my surprise, they were both blue pens.


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This could have resulted in my answer booklet being disqualified and I would have had to re-take the exam. Since the exam was held twice a year only, this mistake would not only have cost me valuable time but also a lot of money for the upcoming exams.

In panic, I looked around to see any familiar face to ask for help; however, I did not see anyone but the examiner. I took a deep breath and decided to ask him if he had a spare black pen that I could borrow. Luckily, he did. He was willing to lend me one and did not forget to remind me about the regulation. I was relieved and ready to sit my exam, thanks to a kind examiner.


disqualified: [verb] prevent somebody from doing something, because they have broken the regulations. Example: The police stopped the man in his car. He had been drinking and driving and
he was disqualified from driving for 3 years.
upcoming: [adjective] something which is upcoming is going to happen soon. Example: Brazil is preparing for the upcoming Olympic Games in 2016.
panic: [noun] a sudden feeling of fear. Example: As the fire spread through the school, the students ran out in panic.
breath: [noun] an amount of air which enters your lungs at one time.
Example: He can count from 1 to 20 in one breath.

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