A time when you did not tell the truth to someone

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

A time when you did not tell the truth to someone.

You should say:
When was it?
To whom you did not tell the truth?
Why did you not tell the truth?
What was the truth?

Note: 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


To be honest, I hate lying and also do not like those people who speak a lie. But some situations occur in a person’s life when he/she have to speak a lie or hide the truth for someone.

When was it? and To whom you did not tell the truth?

I also go through such kind of situation when I told a lie to my friend.

I believe trust plays an essential role in every relationship because I make the link more robust, but when it is gone it is tough to live in a relationship or to continue the relationship. One of my friend lives next to my door. Our friendship is very strong because we trust each other very much or can say blindly trust each other.

Why did you not tell the truth?

We never speak lie to each other. I know that my friend Anu is very passionated about IT industries and want to do the job in Multinational company that’s why she worked very hard to clear the interview. I also helped her to clear the interview by collecting notes for her.

She appeared for an interview March this year. It is a multinational IT company. She answered all questions correctly. The result declared within ten days. she was very excited because she believes that she selected in that company.

What was the truth?

After ten days when I checked her results I was shocked because she was failed just for 50 marks/ half mark, I decided not to told the truth.

When I went to her home she asked about the result, and I told her that due to the lockdown the company postponed the result for one month. I did it because I did not want to break her heart. After one month when she came to know about the truth she fought with me, but I did not get angry because I know my mistake. I motivate her to do it again rather than to give up.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “a time when you did not tell the truth to someone”.

1. How can people check whether a piece of information is correct or not?

It is not easy to find out whether the information is correct or not, but people can do it by confirming it from other people and checking it from the internet.

2. What is the difference between giving information by phone and email?

There are a few differences between the information given by phone or by email, but the main difference is that information provided by phone has no proof, whereas email is written evidence.

3. What kind of professions are related to giving information to others?

All professions are giving information to others. For example, in the teaching profession teacher has to provide information to students. The company has to provide information to their client. A doctor has to give information to his patient.

4. Do people trust the information shared online?

People are aware of the truth that wrong information is also available on the internet, so they do not blindly trust the information shared online. They check or compare it with other sites.

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