IELTS Something Important You Lost  In The Past: Below are the sample answers, giving you ideas on how to get band 9.0.


When developing a story provide more details. Prepare as many keywords as possible so that you will be able to sustain talking and delivering your story for more than a minute.

Again, it is much better when the examiner stops you because your time is over than giving you a signal to talk more since you have not spoken enough.








Describe something important that you lost in the past

You should say:


  • What it was
  • When did it happen
  • Where did you lose it
  • And explain why it was valuable to you




A N S W E R 

Let me tell you about an occasion when I was so depressed that I couldn’t find my wallet while I was on a train when I traveled to Paris, France last year.  


(Other ways to start the introduction:

a.) It always pains me every time I lose something important. Let me share an occasion … -> Feeling

b.) There are several times that I lose something valuable and one instance that I can vividly remember was… -> Recollection of the many experiences

c.) I believe I’m always careless/ I’ve been careless all of my life that I have lost some valuable things and one thing that I can never forget was when… -> Reflection; realization of oneself)


It was a perennial Louis Vuitton wallet that was made of black leather. It has four compartments in which I could keep my cash, cards, and photos. I considered that bi-fold wallet a luxury item since it was really costly when I bought it.


I remember I saved some money for that wallet every payday during my first year of working as a salesman. It took me a couple of months in saving and finally bought it, which I fell in love with the very first moment I saw it in one of the luxurious shops here in my city.


To be honest, that wallet had a sentimental value to me as it was like my tangible proof of hard work and determination on getting what I want. Imagine, I gave up some of my guilty pleasures for a few months such as going to the cinema and visiting pubs just to save enough money in order to purchase that dream wallet of mine!

That incident of losing my precious wallet made me restless and broken-hearted for a few weeks. I kept thinking about how careless I was for not taking care of or keeping my wallet safe. I wish I could have put it in my sling bag instead of my pocket.


I reckon I fell it off in the streets of Paris or someone pickpocketed me while walking around the city before taking the train. If only I had been much more careful enough, I wouldn’t have lost it.




Perennial Louis Vuitton [adj.]  – when something is perennial it will last for a long time

Black leather [adj.] – the material of a wallet

Four compartments [noun] – four divisions of a wallet

Bi-fold [adj.] – double or twofold

Luxury/luxurious [adj.] – elegant; expensive

Sentimental value [noun]  – the value of an object deriving from personal or emotional   

                                      associations rather than material worth

Tangible proof [noun] – an actual thing

Pubs – bars

Guilty pleasure [noun] – something that you enjoy that induces a minor feeling of guilt

Purchase [verb] – another term for buy

Restless [adj.] – anxious; uneasy

Reckon [informal verb] – think; believe; imagine

Pickpocket – [noun] a person who steals something from another person’s pocket; [verb] the act

                  of stealing something from someone’s pocket

Fall in love with – to be attracted; to begin to feel love

Fall (something) off – to drop




Louis Vuitton [LOO-i VWEE-ton] by some native English speakers,

                   [LWEE vwee-TO(NG)] (-w as in wet, -o(ng) as in French bon); the company’s own 

                  preferred pronunciation

Leather [leth -er]

Luxury [luhk-shuh-ree, luhg-zhuh-]

Tangible [tan-juh-buhl]



  • If only I had been much more careful enough, I wouldn’t have lost it. – This is using the third conditional form; it talks about something that didn’t happen in the past and imagines the possible result of the situation.


  • The consistency of using “past form of the verb” is observed all throughout the speech since it talks about something that happened in the past.







What do you think are the kinds of people who may lose things often?



In my opinion, those people who are unorganized are more likely to lose things as they have no sense of order.


As you may know, if things are not organized at home or office,  things that are both valuable and petty will surely be lost since that unorganized person simply puts things anywhere he feels of placing and later forgets where he places those when he already needs them.


For instance, a man living in a messy or cluttered house would be having difficulty finding his car keys, as things in the house are all mixed up. If only he knows how to properly organize his things then he will absolutely not lose some of his things.

So I say that those kinds of people tend to easily lose their valuables.




As – because

No sense of … – no ability to do things

Valuable – important

Petty – unimportant

Placing – putting

Cluttered – messy  or untidy

Mixed up – not order; things are all over  and altogether that it is hard to find the thing that you are looking for



What can we do to stop losing valuable things?


Based on my experience, the most effective way to avoid losing some important things is to be mindful and to put them in the proper place always.

When we are conscious enough of our things, especially if they are of high value, the chance of losing them is slim.  Also, when we have developed the habit of placing things in their respective places such as keys, pens, or purses, we will always find them easily when we need them.


For me, that is the most helpful way in keeping our things not to being lost.




Mindful – conscious or be aware of something

Of high value – important; valuable

The chance is slim – the possibility is little

Placing things – putting things



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


As a good citizen, I have to do what is right and that is to take things to a police station or to a lost-and-found office.


I could not forgive myself if I made things that I found my own. That is against my principle in life which is to never use what is not mine.

For example, if I find a bag full of cash, though I really need money, I will never ever tempt myself to use it. Instead, I have to report it to the authorities. The person who really owns it must be very anxious as that money might be intended for some important purpose such as paying the medical bill.

I will always stand by my principle that I should never use what is not mine.




Principle – belief

Tempt – persuade; entice someone to do something that one finds attractive yet is known to be wrong

Anxious – very worried

Stick/Stand by my/your principles – a basic rule or belief on what is right and morally good which is influential on the way people behave





And that’s all about IELTS Something Important You Lost In The Past recent topic! I hope you now have good ideas on how to develop your answer when you get this topic on your actual IELTS Speaking exam. Good luck!



Meaning of Words and Phrases Sources: Collins, Macmillan, Cambridge, Oxford

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