A friend has invited you to a party, but you are busy on the day it’s being held. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter: • Apologies for not being able to attend • Explain why you are busy • Invite your friend to do something else with you

Dear Jasmine, I hope you and your family are all well. Yesterday, I baked a cheesecake and it made me think of you, as you enjoy the cheesecake that I make as much as I do.
First
of all, thanks for inviting me to your
birthday
party! I still clearly recall how we celebrated your
last
birthday
together. Time flies so fast!
However
, I am afraid I will not be able to join you
this
year and I am really, so sorry about that. My mom has a medical appointment on the same day at a hospital and it is going to take a long while, as she has to do extensive check-ups before consulting the specialist. Her knees have been giving her
problem
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problems

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for a year now and she has been just taking painkillers. I asked her to make an appointment and it happened to be on your
birthday
. As it was quite difficult to get a slot for her specialist, I cannot change her appointment
unfortunately
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,unfortunately

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. I won a prize at a Dinner event held by my company and guess what! It's a pair of The Lion King musical tickets! We couldn't purchase them as they ran out of stock within one hour of their sale. Let's enjoy it together, shall we? I'll give you more details later on. Once again, I am sorry to have to miss your
birthday
celebration but let me make it up to you with the musical! Looking forward to meeting you soon. Best regards, Norah Chan
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Use a variety of complex and simple sentences

You should use complex sentences in your writing, but it does not mean that you should try to make all of our sentences complex.

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Examples:

I really want to study but I’m too tired.

I wore a warm coat because the weather was cold.

If action is not taken soon on climate change, global warming will get worse.

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