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Task 1:

Describe a trend
1. Introduction
The line graph illustrates data about how many people were employed in UK over a 10-year period
between 2000 and 2010
The line graph shows information about number of people who were employed in UK over a 10-year
period from 2000 to 2010
2. Overview
Generally, what stands out from this graph is that there were considerable upward trends in the income of
both A and B, while C experienced a significant fall over this period
Generally ~ overall
what stands out from the graph is that ~ it is noticeable that
There was an upward trend in the income ~ the income rose ~ X witnessed/experienced/saw an increase
in the income
3. Some linking phrases:
As regards, with respect to, Regarding, if we look at the ...,as for
Example:
If we look at the income of B in 2000, it was $20,000
As for the earnings for B, they remained stable over/during the first five years of the graph.
4. Some modifier adj, adv:
Great change : dramatically
small change : marginally, slightly, negligibly
medium change: significantly, considerably
slow change: gradually, steadily
fast change: rapidly, sharply
comment from writer: strikingly, remarkably

5. verbs describe increase and decrease


Increase: go up, rise, raise, grow, improve
Big increase: soar, surge, shoot up, rocket, double, jump
Decrease: go down, fall, dip, drop, decline
Big decrease: plummet, plunge, halve
Some verbs are intransitive, so they cannot use in passive form: grow, climb, rise, decline, fall.

6. Some phrases for maxima and minima:


- hit/reach a trough/low
- remained stable, unchanged
-fluctuation /hover around
-hit/reach a peak/highest point

7. Similar meaning of "then"


Income of B started at $20,000 in 2000, and after that there was a slight rise to $23,000 in 2001.
Following this, this figure fell slightly to $21,000 in 2002, after which income rose sharply in 2003. At
this point, the number leveled off until 2005. Next, there was a slight dip in 2006, but this was followed
by a sharp increase to $60,000 in 2008. Subsequently, income went up gradually in the last two years
Practice example:
Income of Lovely Loaves began at just over $80,000 in 2000. At this point, there was a slight rise to
around $95,000 in 2001. Having went down steadily to $80,000 in 2003, the figure increased slightly to
around $90,000 in 2004. Following this, there was a sharp fall to just over $60,000 in 2005, after which
income dipped in 2006. After that, there was a negligible increase to just under $60,000, but this was
followed by income fell considerably to $40,000 in 2008. Subsequently, the figure levelled off in the last
two years.

8. despite and having : linking phrase for change


-Despite falling sharply to just above $40,000, the figure the rose in 2010.
-Having remained stable at $55,000, income then rose sharply in 2008.

9. Some advanced ways to improve your score:


-Compare the different parts of the graph, using a relative clause
ex: The income of Lovely Loaves fell significantly to around $40,000 in 2008, which meant that it
earned far less than the other bakeries.

- comment on the peak:


ex: There was a considerable rise in the takings of Robbie's Bakery in the last two years to $105,000,
this figure being the peak level of income during the whole period.

- Add an extra verb to give emphasis:


ex: The income of Robbie's Bakeries rose sharply in 2008, rocketing to just under $100,000

-add a superlative:
ex: Lovely Loaves earned just over $80,000 in 2000. This meant that it had the highest income of the
three bakeries in that year.

-group data into a period of time:


ex: There was a significantly fluctuation in the income of Lovely Loaves in the first half of the decade.
10. Describe the future
To be expected/estimated/forecast/predicted.

Practice:
The line graph illustrates information about the proportion of people who were employed in three
different areas of the economy in the UK between 2000 and 2010.
Overall, that stands out from the graph is that while there were remarkable upward trends in public
sectors and self-employed, private sector witnessed a dramatic decrease during this period.
To begin with, the percentage of people who are employed by public sectors and self-employed
contributed to around 38% and 18% in 2000, respectively. Following this, public sectors experienced a
significant rise from 2003 to 2005, but there was a steady fall in self-employed in this timescale. After

that, both sectors saw considerable growth, finishing at approximately 50% (public sectors) and 30%
(self-employed).
Regarding the private sectors, it made up nearly a half in 2000, which was higher than the other sectors.
However, having falling steadily to 40% in 2002, the percentage of private sectors then levelled off till
2003. At this point, the figure plummeted to just 20%, losing nearly 2.5 times compared with the rate at
the beginning of the period.
Comparative graph
1. Using superlative and comparative
- The countryside is much quieter than the city.
-Learning grammar is easier than learning vocabulary.
-Cricket is more interesting than football.
-Travelling business class is more expensive than travelling economy class.
-New York is more crowded than Paris.
-A plane is bigger than a bicycle.
2. More comparative structure
The Fratton Road library was less busy than the one in Commercial Road in March.
-> The Frantton Road was not as busy as the one in the Commercial Road in March.
3. Emphasis phrases and adverbs:
-Big differences: not nearly as, nowhere near as, considerably, much, a lot, far,...
->The name Peter was nowhere near as popular as the name James in 2000, with just 20couples
compared to 100 couples.
->A night in a hotel in Paris was not nearly as expensive as a night in Zurich hotel, with $95 compared
to $150
->The temperature in Rawai Island was not nearly as hot as that in Phukhet, with 15 degrees compared
to 25 degrees.
-Small differences: slightly, a bit, a little, not quite as, almost as
->Crooners plc was not quite/almost as successful as Monster Hits Records in 1990, selling 225000
CDs compared to 230000

3. Advanced comparatives and linking phrases


not + verb + as + noun phrases + as
Crooners plc did not sell as many CDs as Monster Hits Records in 1990, with 225000 compared to
230000.
Coffee in France does not cost as much as in the UK, at $2 and $2.9 respectively.
-Japan did not win as many gold medals as Ethiopia, taking home nine compared to Ethiopia's then.
-The USA won 48 gold medals, but this was nowhere near as many as China won.
-The USA was not nearly as successful as China, wining 48 medals compared to 63.
-Australia did not collect as many gold medals as the French athletes, taking home 21 compared to
Frances's 33.

4. Linking phrase
while/whereas:
Just 10% of first-time buyers said they needed a garage, while/ whereas 30% said a large kitchen was
necessary
as opposed to/ compared to
Just 10% of first-time buyers said they needed a garage, as opposed to/ compared to 30% who said a
kitchen was necessary.

5.Describe number
just, nearly, just under, around, approximately, almost

6. Respectively and in turn


The average of a house in Notting Hill is around a fifth higher than an average house in Sloane Square,
at $620,000 and $500,000 respectively/in turn

7.Useful structure
twice/three times/half +as + adj + as
Action movies are twice as popular as comedies for men
Thrillers are three times as popular as romantic comedies.
Science-fiction films and western are only half as popular as comedies among men.

twice/three times/half + as + clause +than +noun phrase


Twice as many men said they liked action movies than comedies.
Three times as many men enjoy watching thrillers than romantic comedies
Four times as many men prefer watching action films than both westerns and science-fiction movies.

The number of elementary students is three times higher than the number of students in the beginner's
classes, at 90 and 30 respectively.
There are twice as many students in the upper-intermediate level as students in the advanced classes.

Ranking information
Some useful verbs and phrases:
- In first/second/last place is/was
-top/bottom of the list is/was
-the number-one activity is /was
-... was ranked second with... / headed the list with...
-First/last on the list was
- Ranked in third place was
-The most/second most/next most/least popular is /was
-Next came
-This is followed by...