IELTS: Writing part one phrasebank

A list of phrases to help you prepare for part 1 of the IELTS paper

Phrases for your introductory paragraph:

The graph shows ...the number of/the rate of ...
The table shows ...
The pie-chart shows...

...between the years... and ...
...in the period ... to...

As an overall trend...
It can be seen that...
It is clear that...
Phrases for your main paragraphs:

The number of ...started at ... in... and then...

The number of ... increased slowly
The number of ... increased gradually
The number of ... increased steadily
The number of ... increased constantly
The number of ... increased rapidly
The number of ... increased suddenly
The number of ... increased sharply
The number of ... increased dramatically
The number of ... increased steeply

The number of ... rose ...
The number of ... went up ...

The number of ... fell ...
The number of ... went down ...
The number of ... declined ...
There was a slow increase/rise/
There was a rapid increase/rise
There was a gradual increase/rise
There was a sharp increase/rise
There was a dramatic increase/rise
There was a constant increase/rise
There was a sudden increase/rise
There was a marked increase/rise

There was a slow fall/decline
There was a rapid fall/decline
There was a gradual fall/decline
There was a sharp fall/decline
There was a dramatic fall/decline
There was a constant fall/decline
There was a sudden fall/decline
There was a marked fall/decline

In ... the number/rate of ...stood at ...

..it rose to a peak of ... in... after which it...
..it fell to a nadir of ...in... after which it...
IMPORTANT: If the time period comes up until NOW you will need to use the PRESENT PERFECT TENSE:

The number of ... has increased slowly...
There has been a sudden fall...

Phrases for your conclusion:

In conclusion the graph shows that...
...increased until...after which...

 

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