Describe a time you made a promise to someone


Describe a time you made a promise to someone


Describe a time you made a promise to someone.

You should say
Whom did you make the promise to?
What the promise was?
Why you made the promise?
Was the promise easy to achieve?


  • We all tend to make promises in life.

Whom did you make the promise to? and What the promise was?

  • Since I live far away from my home, my parents always remain worried regarding me.
  • Last year, due to pandemic, they were in a catch22 situation.
  • Because of travel restrictions, I couldn’t go to my hometown.
  • My father tried too hard to reach me, but he did not get permission because of his age.
  • During that time, I promised my parents that I would join my office when an appropriate vaccine would release.

Why you made the promise?

  • The preponderant reason for making the promise was to help my parents to lead their life without much stress. Because they had this belief that, going out in the time of pandemic could lead to disastrous repercussions.
  • Being parents, they are too much possessive regarding me.
  • They have always tried hard to make my life comfortable.
  • When the impact of corona pandemic became widespread, my parent’s life became difficult.
  • Undesirable thoughts started entering their minds regarding my health.
  • So I made a promise to them of not going outside my township till the time a vaccine is released.

Was the promise easy to achieve?

  • It was too difficult for me to fulfil the commitment given by me.
  • Although I had managed to get a work from home job option because of my good terms with my employer, my productivity declined considerably.
  • Not only this, I gained tremendous weight because of less physical workout.
  • Apart from this, I became socially isolated.


  • Finally, the government released the vaccine last month.
  • I had applied as a volunteer and got the dosage.
  • Now I am back to work and feel quite good that I kept my promise.
  • With hindsight, I think that I made a prudent decision.

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Follow up Questions

Here are some examples of follow up questions that the examiner might ask during your speaking part 3 related to cue card “Describe a time you made a promise to someone”.

1. Generally speaking, do parents make promises to children?

Yes, parents have a habit of making promises to their children. They usually make the promise of buying gifts for their children or taking them for holidays.

2. Do children also make promises to their parents?

Yes, children also have this tendency of making promises. Usually, they make a promise to do hard work. Moreover, whenever they commit a mistake, they try to calm down the situation by making promises that they won’t repeat the mistake in future.

3. Do most people fulfil their promises?

Most of the people have this uncanny knack of breaking the promises made by them. Only a small percentage of people fulfil the promises made by them. Because by the time they plant to fulfil their commitment, things and circumstances change.

4. How do you feel when others break their promises?

As a person, I do not have many expectations from others. Therefore, my reaction is usually normal, if someone breaks the promise he/she has made to me.

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