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July 8, 2015

IELTS Task1 Graphs

Writing Better Essays by Chris Baker and Ross Vermeer

Describing Visual Materials, page-56-58

The following graph shows levels of corporate information technology expenditure in the USA from 1960 to the early years of the 21st century. As you can see,there was a dramatic increase in IT expenditure in the late 1990s...

Subject                             Verb                               Object
The following graph          represents/illustrates        an increase in...
The chart below               shows/depicts                 changes in...
Figure 1.2                      highlights                       the rate of...

Vocabulary for describing trends and data
Noun phrase                                 Verb                      Adverb or adverbial clause
Levels of investment                       rose                  significantly during this period.
The percentage of...                        fell                   sharply/steadily.
Government spending                      continued           at this rate.

Adjectives                                    Nouns
A sharp/sudden/marginal          rise/increase
A slight/continuous                  decline/reduction/fall
An unexpected                       fluctuation

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