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Hi Simon,
I am Hung, I would like to ask you whether this sentence is correct or not:
"More proportion of American people in 1970 than in 2000 got married".
Thank you so much.

Hi,

Thank you for this informative post. I am also taking IELTS exam. Hopefully I can pass. This post is helpful for me. Since, about charts are among the difficult questions from the exam.

Congratulations Jiji.

It's great to hear that my approach helped you to get four 7s. Thanks for letting me know.

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Hi Hung,

I'll use your question in tomorrow's lesson.

Hi Simon,
What should I do with a pie chart that doesn't give any specific proportion for each information. Shoul I estimate and state some appropriate one. Would you help me? Thank you so much in advance.

Dear Simon,
I would have a question about tense of verbs in Writing Task 1. When there is a chart about the past, like "Cambridge IELTS book 7, page 101" that gives information about 1980 ..., would I use verbs with present tense, based on my teacher's advice in Iran?
Thank you.

Please help me with my essay below. Any comments are welcomed. I really appreciate Simon and this website.

This is my writing for two different unit bar chart at Cambridge IELTS 6, p98.
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The first bar chart describes how many people in the USA married and divorced from 1970 to 2000 in millions and the second bar chart demonstrates the ratio of four different marital status of American adults in 1970 and 2000.

In the first bar chart, the number of marriages stayed at 2.5 millions in 1970 and 1980. However, it gradually decreased below 2.5 millions in 1990 and reached 2 millions in 2000. On the other hand, the number of divorces over the same period remained the same (1 million) except for the increase to over 1 million in 1980.

In the second chart, the majority of American adults were married in 1970 and 2000. Among the four marital status such as 'never married', 'married', 'widowed' and 'divorced', the percentage of married people is the highest, reaching 70% and just below 60% in 1970 and 2000 respectively. The second highest percentage of marital status is 'never married', which is below 20% in both years. Both 'widowed' and 'divorced' remained below 1% in 1970 and 2000.

Hi Truc,

Pie charts always show proportions because the whole circle is always 100%, half is 50% etc. - you can use write about proportions just by looking at the chart.

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Hi Behnam,

Personally, I would use the past simple if the years are in the past.

The present simple is sometimes used to describe statistics in the past, so your tutor isn't wrong. However, for IELTS I prefer not to do it that way.

Hello, Simon,
I stuggle with using plural and singular in some circumstances. for example, "buying their first homes" or "their first home" "leaving their native countries" or "leaving their native country"? "wives have to rely on their husbands" or "wives have to rely on their husband"? similar in task one, "the chart shows proportions of spending on different items in 3 years" or "shows proportion of..."?

thanks a lot.

Hi Jessica,

Don't worry too much - both ways are usually fine, although I'd probably use plurals for the examples you gave.

Dear Simon,

Thank you so much for this helpful website !
I have one question about these two paragraphs, are they band 9 ?

Yes, both essays are band 9.

will you please explain a complex table chart?

hi there, i am learning a lot from u simon. Pls tell me how to write about tables having enormous data.

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