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[Band 9] Describe something important that you lost IELTS Cue-Card

In Describe something important that you lost Cue Card, you should say:

  1. What it was?
  2. How did you lose it?
  3. Why was it important to you?
  4. How did you feel when you lost it?
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Here are the band 9 sample answers to Describe something important that you lost IELTS Speaking Cue Card:

Sample Answer 1

Introducing something important you lost

  • Life can give, but it can also take away without warning.
  • The feeling of loss, bereavement and grief when you lose something important is unimaginable.
  • So today, I would take this opportunity to talk about a time when I lost the most precious thing of mine.

What it was?

  • That unfortunate day was Friday, and I just suffered a mini-heart attack because I misplaced my school backpack.
  • I still feel shivers down my spine when I think about the time it all happened.

How did you lose it?

  • Actually, I was coming back home when I realise I didn’t have my school bag with me. What a fool and a moron I was!
  • It was the first day of exams, and I had left my life-saving school bag on the desk. I quickly returned to school and ran to my class. The bag had gone missing, much to my dismay.
  • I have asked around and no one seems to have any knowledge of its whereabouts.
  • I literally started crying and began looking for my school bag in my neighbouring classes.

Why was it important to you?

The school bag was important to me for two reasons:

  • Firstly, it was a gift given to me by my elder sister who is now living abroad. So it reminded me of her presence around me.
  • Secondly, it had very important handwritten notes that I specifically prepared for my exams.

How did you feel when you lost it?

  • When I realised I had lost my bag, the whole world turned upside down for me. I quickly realised I was going to fail the upcoming tests.
  • So I began racing back home, crying, knowing that my parents would scold me for this stupid behaviour.
  • But when I got home, I noticed a pair of black shoes outside the door. I was curious as to who had visited our home. When I opened the door, my friend was sitting on the chair, playing with my younger sibling. I was surprised to see her there.
  • After talking to her, I came to know that she had come to my house to deliver my bag.
  • Oh! I then let out a relieved sigh.

Concluding the Cue Card

At last, I would just like to say that my school bag was the most significant possession that I came on the brink of losing forever.

Sample Answer 2

Winning and losing are natural parts of life. I’ve also misplaced a lot of things. But today I’d want to talk about something crucial that I misplaced last year.

The item in question was a mobile phone. My elder brother gave it to me as a graduation present when I finished my studies. When my brother surprised me with an iPhone, I was overjoyed. However, I misplaced it somewhere in transit on my way back from Chandigarh.

Despite the hurry, I was able to secure a seat in the first row. I took out my phone to make a call, but I’m not sure if I put it back or if it was dropped. When I got home, I realised with a sinking heart that my phone was no longer there. So I banned the SIM card and filed a FIR, hoping to retrieve my beloved phone eventually.

I was particularly protective of it because it included many of my personal images. Nobody was ever allowed to touch it. On my phone, I utilized it to play Mahjong and Tetris. Thanks to the iPhone, I was also able to stay in touch with my old friends in Canada.

Finally, I’d say that my iPhone was something significant that I misplaced. This was negligence on my side that I would never repeat.

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Following are the probable Describe something important that you lost follow up questions that may be asked by the examiner in Speaking Part-3 of the test:

1. What kinds of people may lose things often?

People who are stressed, under fatigue, or multitask a lot; are the ones who may lose things more frequently. Modern life is hectic and demanding. When there isn’t enough time in the day to complete all the tasks such as preparing children for school, cleaning the house, going to work, filling out paperwork, visiting the dentist, and collecting up children from school; people may be compelled to multitask.

As a result, exhaustion and mental stress will impair their cognitive capacities. When this happens, they may end up forgetting important things, such as where they put their phone or where they parked their car.


People who have a poor memory and are disorganised frequently lose items. In fact, one of the key reasons people misplace their ordinary items is a lack of an organisational paradigm in their home.

2. What can we do to prevent losing important things?

Here are the few things that we can do to prevent losing important items:

  1. Try to be organised. For instance, put documents in labelled folders and keep them in one place.
  2. Keep the small objects in one place. Things like keys, eyeglasses and travel cards could be kept in a bowl or on a key hook. And always put them in the same place. 
  3. Find new ways to remind yourself of things you might lose or forget. Make lists or even put a note on the fridge saying “Don’t forget: walking stick, glasses, wallet etc.”
  4. Do one thing at a time. Don’t rush things.


We should endeavour to maintain things ordered by having specific areas for items and always putting them there instead of leaving them everywhere. Car keys, for example, should be hung on a key holder so that we never lose them.

3. What would you do if you saw something valuable that didn’t belong to you on the street?

If I found something valuable like a wallet, I’d always post a lost and found advertisement in the local newspaper to where I found it, and I’d say I found it somewhere in the neighbourhood so they’d need to tell me identifying marks, or the amount it has, and I’d return it to them. I’d keep it if no one could answer the question after a month or so.


If I come upon something that does not belong to me, I shall first endeavour to locate the owner. If I am unable to do so, I will donate it to the less fortunate.

4. What kinds of things have you lost so far?

A wallet, a set of keys, or a pair of glasses — are some of the household objects that people generally lose. But fortunately, I’ve never lost a thing in my life. Once I forgot my cell phone in the school canteen, but it was returned to me by the nice canteen staff.


Well, I keep losing a lot of things, and that bothers me at times. I once misplaced my wallet, which contained my identification documents in addition to the money. I’ve also misplaced my phone, lunch box, and other belongings.

5. What do you usually do to look for lost items?

First and foremost, I check in the messiest parts of my house. Searching cluttered areas systematically, and shifting objects one at a time really helped me recover a few of my items. Additionally, I ask my mother or look under and around larger items to make sure my item isn’t caught underneath.


First, I try to remember where I last kept the item; if I can’t remember, I ask my parents or friends about it. Secondly, I look in places where I’ve lost items before.



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Rajit K.

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