The first step is to look at graphs and read descriptions of them. You can copy the vocabulary that you read while doing the activity and use it when you are writing.
Match the Graph to Its Description
Note that in this case the verbs are in the past tense.
Note that in task 1 we are expected to provide data, not just descriptions. Click the box below to find out how to do this.
Note that these prepositions are used for amounts of coffee, not time. We should also use prepositions for adding time detail, but that is for another lesson.
a) Sales of coffee declined and then leveled off at (+ low level value).
b) Sales of coffee decreased by (+ amount lost) and then increased by (+ amount gained).
d) Sales of coffee rose over the period to (+ final high value).
e) Sales of coffee climbed by (+ amount gained) and then fluctuated between (+ high value of fluctuation) and (+ low value of fluctuation).
f) The general trend was downward but the sales of coffee fluctuated towards the end of the period between (+ high value of fluctuation) and (+ low value of fluctuation).
g) Sales of coffee fell over the period by (+ amount lost).
h) Sales of coffee remained steady over the period at (+ steady value).
Can you think of any other useful verbs to use to describe changes in data? Leave your ideas in the comments section below.
Let’s continue to our next lesson in the series: Line Graphs 2
For more Task 1 exercises, visit our Academic Writing Task 1 page.