9 Ways to Write About Similar And Different

By | July 6, 2015

Ever wonder why some people get better marks on the IELTS writing than you, even though  you can write well? A good IELTS score isn’t only about knowing how to write. It’s knowing what to write about.

One way to get a higher score is to make your IELTS Task 1 Summary more organized. An easy way to do this is to talk about what is similar and different.

Use these phrases to write about similar information.

Similar information is almost the same. This means the numbers or percentages are close or they are doing the same thing. For example, they may be going up or going down.

  • similarly
  • likewise
  • both
  • roughly equal

Here is how to use these words in sentences.

  • similarly

From September to December, the number of students riding the metro remained stable at about 200. Similarly, the number of students driving to university changed little, in the same period.

  • likewise

From September to December, the number of students riding the metro remained stable at about 200. Likewise, the number of students driving to university changed little, in the same period.

  • both

In the past 50 years, the population densities of both Norway and Sweden remained stable.

  • roughly equal

(Use roughly equal only when the numbers or percentages are very close.)

From 1995 to 2000, the percentage of students who majored in engineering and who majored in computer science were roughly equal.

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Use these phrases to write about what is different.

  • while
  • although
  • on the other hand
  • however
  • in contrast

It is often easier to write about what is different. This is because the information on a graph is usually more different than similar.

  • while

The percentage of males who contracted the flu was relatively stable during the first half of the year, while the percentage of females increased dramatically.

  • although

Although the number of tourists from Germany was relatively stable during the first half of the year, the number of tourists from Japan increased dramatically.

  • on the other hand

The percentage of males who contracted the flu was relatively stable during the first half of the year. On the other hand, the percentage of females increased dramatically.

  • however

The number of tourists from Germany was relatively stable during the first half of the year. However, the number of Japanese tourists increased dramatically.

  • in contrast

The number of tourists from Germany was relatively stable during the first half of the year. In contrast, the number of Japanese tourists increased dramatically.

Use these phrases on your IELTS Task 1 for a more organized summary and a higher score!

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