Unit 4 – Writing task 1

We’ve covered ways to name the rise/fall of a histogram. However, you can see that the words we have learned are only at the level of… naming. Except for verbs that always imply strong/light meanings, the remaining increasing/decreasing words are quite “dry”, because it has no properties at all, but the new property is what we need in a good descriptive sentence. .

The properties that we add to a sentence are to complement the verb, and the word that modifies the verb would be Adverb. So what adverbs can we add to make the verbs more “wet”?

1. Light, even

Take a look at the following chart:

How to describe increase/decrease in Task 1 - ielts writing exam preparation

Except for the green line at the top, all the lines below look pretty “flat” – all these years, but only a little increase. So with trends like this, please use adverbs fighting or regularly. You should note that a necessary factor to use these two words is that the trend must take place over a long period of time, because even in Vietnamese, the word “gradually” also means that it happened a long time ago, right? are not?

So we can write the sentence: From 1980 to 2030, the consumption of nuclear, solar/wind and regional rose/increased/climbed steadily.

As for the short-term trends, for example, in the top green line, from 1985-1990, you see it “turn up” a little. So, with these short-term and mild trends, please use the word slightly.

  • From 1985 to 1990, the consumption of petrol and oil increased slightly

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2. Strong / fast / unexpected

Strong, fast and unexpected description in ielts writing task 1 - ielts exam preparation

Looking at the chart above, we can see a lot of strong trends. In these trends, the objects not only change much in quantity, they also change over a relatively short period of time. With these trends, use the following adverbs: dramatically, rapidly, sharply or Quickly.

So, you can write the following sentence:

Channel one news viewing figure at 11pm rose rapidly in May.

If you just want to focus on amount but not necessarily in a short timeyou can use the following words: considerably or significant.

Other ways of saying

The words given above are all adverbs (ending glass). This means that you can only modify the spelling of the verb (A + increase/decrease…). As the previous post said, we have two ways of writing a descriptive sentence in Task 1 as follows:

A + rise/fall/increase/decrease… => verb usage


A experience a rise/fall/increase/decrease… => noun usage

So, with noun description, you cannot use adverbs, because adverbs are not modifiers of nouns, but only adjectives. However, if you notice, adverbs are simply adjectives ending in . glass. This means that if we remove glass In the words above, we will have their respective adjectives!

Dramatically => dramatic

Sharply => sharp

Rapidly => quickly

Quickly => quick

gradual => gradual

Steadily => steady

Slightly => slight

Considerably => considerable

Significantly => significant

With the above sharing, hope you can easily describe the chart and conquer IELTS Writing task 1 in the best way!

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