This is the first in a series of blog posts on how to paraphrase (i.e. reword) IELTS Academic Writing task 1 introductions.
As I said earlier this week in ‘The chart shows…‘, in IELTS Academic Writing task 1 you have to summarise the information in a graph, chart, table or diagram, and it’s a good idea to start your writing with a sentence paraphrasing the introduction you are given.
If the introduction contains the phrase ‘the number of‘ or ‘the quantities of‘, you can reword it by changing the phrase to ‘how many‘.
Here’s an example introduction from the official IELTS Practice Materials:
The graph below shows the number of complaints made about noise to Environmental Health authorities in the city of Newtown between 1980 and 1996.
Here’s a paraphrased version of the introduction:
The graph illustrates how many noise complaints were made to Environmental Health authorities in Newtown from 1980 to 1996.
Here’s an example introduction from the book Cambridge IELTS 8:
The graph shows the quantities of goods transported in the UK between 1974 and 2002 by four different modes of transport.
Here’s a paraphrased version:
The graph provides information about how many goods were transported in the UK by road, water, rail and pipeline from 1974 to 2002.
(In this example, the four types of transport were given in the graph).
I’ll be posting some more examples of how to paraphrase IELTS Academic Writing task 1 introductions later this week.
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