Describe an experience when you were not allowed to use a mobile phone
You should say:
What you did
When it was
Where it was
Why you were not allowed to use a mobile phone
to ban = to prohibit = to forbid = to disallow
to sit an exam
I'm sitting 3 more exams.
to take an exam
At the end of the year we take our exams.
cell phone use is banned
to interfere with equipment
to use the phone in an airplane mode
What did you do?
I was traveling by plane
I was at the concert/ movie theater/ meeting/ conference...
I was sitting an exam
I was visiting my friend at hospital
I had an excursion
I had a lesson (or a class)
When was it?
I don't remember exactly when this happened, but it seems to me it was...
As far as I remember it was...
just a while ago
a couple months ago
2 days/ weeks/ months/ years ago
just a couple of days/ weeks/ months ago
several days/ weeks/ months ago
last week/ month/ year
a long time ago
a long while ago
Where was it?
at the theater
at the cinema/ movie theater
at school (college/ university)
at the IELTS test center
in a library
at a museum
at an art gallery
on a plane during takeoff and landing
Why were you not allowed to use a mobile phone?
not to have an opportunity to cheat
because of my school policy
not to disturb people who were concentrating on what they were reading
not to annoy people around me
as the phone would have interfered with medical equipment
the signal of the phone interferes with navigation instruments, and can even cause a crash
the phone can cause instrument display malfunctions
because of its interference with ground networks
for safety reasons
1. Is it a waste of time to take pictures with mobile phones?
2. Do you often use a smartphone to take pictures?
3. What positive and negative effects do mobile phones have on friendship?