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Describe an occasion when you could not pay for something you wanted.

Posted: September 26, 2019 at 11:26 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Describe an occasion when you could not pay for something you wanted.

You should say:

  • what you wanted to pay for
  • why you weren’t able to pay
  • what you did

and explain how you felt about the situation.

[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 had always wanted to buy a motorbike in the past, but I couldn’t really progress with the idea mainly because I just didn’t manage to save enough money for the purpose. But, one day, the situation changed, and I decide to buy my dream bike.

I searched a lot of markets and motorbike stores to choose my dream motorbike, but the problem was there were just so many different models with so many different features and options that I was really struggling to decide whether I wanted to buy a sports bike, a standard motorbike, a cruiser or a naked motorbike.

Anyway, after spending many hours at different motorbike stores, I did finally find what met my requirements. I even liked the price. So, I just told the store owner that I would come back the next afternoon in order to pick the bike as it was on discount. So far so good! But, when I did go back the next day with enough cash to pay for the motorbike, I found out that there was no discount on the bike anymore, and as a result, I needed to pay a significantly-extra amount of money which I just didn’t have with me at that moment. However, after that, I suggested the store manager if I could pay them some money in advance and bring rest of the money after a week in order to buy the bike, I really liked, but it my astonishment, the store manager disagreed and told me that his hands were tied!

Well, anyway, I felt really disappointed, to say the least, with what happened to me at the motorbike store mainly because it was a bit embarrassing for me. I also felt a bit annoyed at the store manager as he never told me about the possible price change should I had failed to buy the bike on the same day. Besides, I also got very frustrated as I travelled a significant distance and spent a lot of time to travel to the store, of course, only to find out that I couldn’t buy my bike on that day.


Model Answer 2:

Thank you very much for this nice cue card topic. I would like to share my experience when I wanted to purchase a mobile phone so badly but could not pay for it. Since my younger sister had been saving money to get a smartphone and had been far away to manage the total budget, I wanted to buy her the phone. She had been saving money for at least three months by adjusting her regular expenses as she wanted to change her feature phone and own a smartphone. So, I planned to pay for the smartphone and surprise her.
Unluckily, I was unable to pay for the phone. I lost my wallet on the way to the shopping mall from where I intended to purchase the mobile phone. This unfortunate event happened on July 2018. I had no idea how did I lose my wallet with money in it! I might have dropped it in the taxi I took to reach the shopping mall. So, I could not buy a mobile phone right then.
I informed the matter to my mom and then called the bank authorities to report a lost debit card which was placed inside the wallet. It was a disaster for me.
I felt terrible. In fact, it could have been one of the happiest moments of my life. It was meant to the very first gift for my younger sister after I got my first job. But the luck was not kind to me that day! I explained everything to my dad and he agreed to pay me a loan with which I finally purchased a Samsung smartphone for my sister. I eventually could solace my heart as my sister was exhilarated as soon as she unwrapped the box.
astonishment – विस्मय, अचंभा
disaster – आपदा
solace – सांत्वना, धीरज

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