How to Talk about an IELTS Line Graph – Part 2

By | April 17, 2015

In Part 1, I explained what kind of change happens in a line graph. In this lesson, you will learn to tell how much change happens on a line graph.

Sometimes changes on a line graph are only a little. This means that the number goes up or down only a little bit. Other times the number goes up or down a lot. And sometimes the change is not too much and not too little.

You can use adverbs to talk about how much the numbers changed.

Examples of adverbs are: slightly, considerably, and dramatically.

Write the verb first and then the adverb, like this: VERB + ADVERB.

For example:

increased considerably

fell modestly

went up slightly

Example Sentences

A. A LITTLE CHANGE

slightly

The number of visitors dipped slightly in 1995.

modestly

The number of visitors decreased modestly in 1995.

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B. NOT TOO MUCH & NOT TOO LITTLE CHANGE

moderately

The number of visitors decreased moderately in 1995.

somewhat

The number of visitors increased somewhat in 1995.

C. A LOT OF CHANGE

considerably

The number of visitors fell considerably in 1995.

dramatically

The number of visitors went up and down dramatically in 1995.

ACTIVITY

Practice using adverbs to talk about line graphs.

Below are sentences about line graphs. Each sentence tells how much the numbers changed.

Read each sentence below. Tell if the change is

  • A LITTLE
  • NOT TOO MUCH & NOT TOO LITTLE, or
  • A LOT.

A – The percentage of Internet users fell moderately in 2011.

B – The population in Key West went up and down considerably in June.

C – The sale of cheese soared dramatically in the first month.

D – Money spent by college students decreased modestly from 1990 to 1995.

E – The cost of cars increased somewhat in the last three years.

F – The proportion of female students dipped slightly in March.

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ANSWERS

A – The percentage of Internet users fell moderately in 2011. (NOT TOO MUCH & NOT TOO LITTLE CHANGE)

B – The population in Key West went up and down considerably in June. (A LOT OF CHANGE)

C – The sale of cheese soared dramatically in the first month. (A LOT OF CHANGE)

D – Money spent by college students decreased modestly from 1990 to 1995. (A LITTLE CHANGE)

E – The cost of cars increased somewhat in the last three years. (NOT TOO MUCH & NOT TOO LITTLE CHANGE)

F – The proportion of female students dipped slightly in March. (A LITTLE CHANGE)

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