Describe A time you missed an appointment – IELTS Cue Card Sample 87
Describe a time you missed an appointment
You should say:
and say what happened as a result of being late.
Sample Band 8.0+
However well organised I’m it sometimes gets late to reach my destination due to several external and internal factors. One such time when I was late in an appointment with my investors was a frustrating experience for me.
Since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, I had a burning desire to set up my own business. Therefore, when I was a senior student, to be given financial support to run my start-up, I had a pivotal date with numerous investors. I highly appreciated that appointment; therefore, I had worked against the clock and buried myself in a mountain of workload. I had to burn the midnight oil to complete my project, which would be shown to investors. When the day came, I felt dead tired. You know, I had to make every effort to get up, but it was still late 20 minutes when I left my home. Unfortunately, the road suffered from intensive traffic congestion, which is a common scenario in my city. I failed to use different kinds of transport from bus to taxi to escape this crowd. Finally, I reached the location 1 hour later than my scheduled time. While the investors showed their sense of anger, I experienced the feeling of panic, and I just presented my project with half a heart.
I was rejected, and I felt extremely disappointed. That was a painful experience for me, and since then, I’ve tried my best not to be late for any appointments ever again.
Useful Vocabulary & Expressions
Well-organized (adj) having good organization; orderly and efficient
Example: The Australian cricket team was well-organized.
Knee high to a grass hopper (idiom) very small or very young
Example: I have lived in Mumbai since I was a knee high to a grasshopper.
Set up (phrasal verb) start a business
Example: His uncle set up a business for him.
With a view to doing something (phrase) with the hope of doing something in the future
Example: The Chief Minister called all the parties with a view to achieve a consensus on the new bill
Pivotal (adj) extremely important
Example: The budget introduced a pivotal change in privatization
Against the clock (phrase) trying very hard to finish something before a particular time
Example: The software team was working against the clock to meet their deadlines.
Burn the midnight oil (idiom) to work until very late at night
Example: Sita was given a huge assignment and she had to burn the midnight oil to complete it.
Dead tired (phrase) very tired
Example: Jane was dead tired after the delivery.
With half a heart (phrase) With only a little or moderate amount of enthusiasm or interest
Example: After his transfer to the new town, he worked with half a heart.
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