IELTS SPEAKING PART 1 Lost and Found: Study the sample answers to the topic questions about lost and found. Learn topic vocabulary about lost and found and collocations, and understand how the speaker developed his answers targeting the criteria, Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, and Grammatical Range and Accuracy. 


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Have you ever lost things?


(Answer 1) 


Absolutely! Unfortunately, I’m kind of forgetful that every now and again, I lost my keys, hankies (handkerchief), and pens. I’ve been like this since I was a child and I really dunno why this happens to me oftentimes. I dunno, I think I have some type of personality disorder. 


(Answer 2)


Of course, and I think that’s pretty normal. All of us experience losing some valuables from time to time, most especially if there are so many things going on in our minds. We tend to forget things easily since we can’t focus. Just recently, I lost my wallet and that was a real hassle (problem, struggle) since all of my bank cards were kept in that wallet. 


Will you post on social media if you lose your item?


(Answer 1) 


Well, I’m not into using social media so obviously I won’t be able to do that. Normally, if I lose something, I just recall the places where I visit since it’s highly likely that I somehow drop it in any of those places. Sometimes, I’m lucky enough because I’m able to find the item that’s lost. 


(Answer 2)


I’ve never tried doing that before so if I lose something important in the future, well God forbid (a fervent wish that something should not happen), I think I will do that since social media is very helpful these days. If social media could find ways to reunite family members who lose contact with each other for many years, then there’s no reason why it won’t help me find some lost items of mine. 



What will you do if you find something lost by others?


(Answer 1) 


As a good citizen, I will surely return it to someone or report it to the lost and found office because it’s the right thing to do. All of us have a social responsibility or a moral obligation toward others. So, it’s just imperative to return the lost item to the real owner.



(Answer 2)


For sure I will find a way to give that lost item back to the rightful (true) owner simply because I know the feeling of losing something valuable. That’s incredibly stressful, especially if the lost item is an important document or a wallet. Besides, I don’t believe in the idea of finders, keepers (whoever finds something is entitled to keep it). That’s just not right!


Do you report to the police when finding something lost by others? Why?


(Answer 1) 


Definitely, most especially if it’s really important such as a passport, a driver’s license, a wallet full of bank cards and cash, and the like. But if it’s something petty (minor) such as a coin, a dollar bill, a pen, and things like that (and things similar to those you’re discussing), I don’t think I need to do that. I think I’m entitled to keep it. 


(Answer 2)


Well, that depends on what I find. If they’re personal identification documents, bank cards, passbooks, wallets, or bags full of cash or any valuable, and some electronic devices, without a doubt, I will surely report it to the police. But if they’re not, I think it’s not that necessary to report it. 



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