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The last sentence has been written without any mistake.

A country cannot be 19 million tons as well as it never increases/decreases or lower or higher.

1.in 1985, Canada wheat export was about 19 million tonnes.
2.Australia wheat export was lower, at 15 million tonnes.
3.In 1988, Canada wheat export increased by about 5 million tonnes

Dear Simon

In speaking part 2 what should we do during one-minute preparation time?

1. Incorrect because no data was given which is the wheat exports
2. Incorrect because the year was not specified
3. Incorrect. You cannot say that it was increased for about 5 million because it was actually under 5 million
4. Correct

Honestly, I am not quite sure of this but I just tried

1.In 1985, Canada had about 19 million tonnes of wheat exports.
2. Wheat exports in Australia was the lowest, at 15 million tonnes in 1985.
3. By 1988, wheat exports in Canada had reached to its peak at 25 million tonnes.
4. Correct

The fourth sentence is right.
The problem in the other three ones is that the subject should be the wheat export in the country.

Simon, could you please explain the use of "millions of tonnes" in this case?

From experience, I notice that people normally say "5 million tons of [object]" rather than "5 millions of tons"

Is "of" dependent on whether "million" was in a plural form?

1-In 1985, Canada exported around 19 million tonnes.
2-Australia's export was the lowest, at 15 million tonnes.
3-In 1988, Canada increased wheat export by 5 million tonnes.
4- correct

1.In 1985, Canada generated about 19 million tonnes in wheat exports.

2.Australia produced only 15 million tonnes wheat in its export.

3.In 1988, the wheat exports in Canada had increased by about 5 million tonnes.


First, I have a question, but I'm truly sorry that my question will be totally out of context. But here is my question. Which one is correct; 'an investment for our and our children's future', or 'an investment for us and our children's future'?

What do you all think?

number three is the right answer....not no. four... 'millions' makes it wrong.

1. had instead of was
2. had instead of was again, should've no comma before 'at', missing words after lower...shouldve written like, lower figures of wheat exports


Sorry, I made a mistake myself! I've changed it now.

Number 4 is the correct sentence, but my original plan was to put a mistake in all 4 sentences, so I wrote "11 millions of tonnes", which is wrong. When I changed the lesson to focus on "the big mistake", I forgot to change the small mistake in number 4. It should be "11 million tonnes".

Here's a lesson about using "million" and "millions":



So, sentence 4 is the correct one, but what is the "big mistake" in the other 3 sentences?

1: this sentence says "19 million tonnes", but it doesn't say what that number belongs to?
=> it lacks of information
2 and 3 : we couldn't say 19 million tonnes in wheat exports.

Hi simon , its my first comment here I wish I got the right answer.
I suppose that the mistake in 3 is the prepostion" in" before the year 1988, the year should not preceeded by "in"

1988 witnessed gradual increase in the Canadian exports of weat by about 5 million tones.

1.In 1985, Canada's wheat export was about 19 million tonnes.
2.The figure for Australia was lower, at 15 million tonnes of wheat exports.
3. In 1988, Canadian wheat export increased by about 5 million tonnes.
4. Australia exported about 11 million tonnes of wheat in 1990.

The big mistake is the mistake of using countries instead of countries'export

1: this sentence says "19 million tonnes", but it doesn't say what that number belongs to?
=> it lacks of information
2 and 3 : we couldn't say 19 million tonnes in wheat exports.

Hi simon, according to your key above, can you give us the right example to correct the sentences? thanks very much.

Dear Simon

It is a terrible experience in part 2 of IELTS speaking test. What should be our focus in this part of speaking test?

I'm struggling to stay focus on story telling and good vocabulary simultaneously.

At this moment among all (Listening, Reading, Writing) part 2 in speaking is hardest one.

Dear Simon
In my opinion, I believe that the last one sample is correct!.
The three other samples are incorrect, because we are talking about the amount of "wheat exports" which can go up and down, we are not talking about the being higher, lower or increased of the countries themselves. In addition, it is obvious that the countries cannot increase or decrease, also cannot be higher or lower compared to other countries.

Hi Simon,

I think that only the sentence 4 is correct. Others are incorrect because a country can not decrease or increase itself. In this exercise, we talk about the amount of wheat export in four countries.

The big mistake is NO COUNTRY itself is lower or bigger than the others unless we specify in which case we are talking about! Take this as a tangible instance," In 1988, Canada increased by about 5 million tonnes of wheat exports!!" What author means when they wrote " Canada increased " ??


Sentence 4 is correct.

Here's the big mistake in the other 3 sentences:

You can't say that a country is a number (Canada was 19 million tonnes), or that a country was lower, or that a country increased.

In other words, the subject of the first 3 sentences should not be the country.

I'll put my correct versions of the sentences in a blog lesson this weekend.

Hi Simon,
What is the overall trend for this graph and what we can do if there is no obvious overall trend. Thank you!

4 is corrent.

For the others, the subjecs should be "Something of Country".
Country itself cannot increase or be lower, etc.

Fourth sentence is correct. We should compare the number instead of country.

4 is correct
1- it gives an impression that the 19 million tonnes are the weight of Canada which is not logic, could be "in 1985, Canada had exported about 19 million tonnes."

2- The figure for Australia was lower, at 15 million tonne

3-in 1988, canada had increased wheat export by about 5 million tonne

The line graph illustrates the exporting patterns of wheat of Australia, Canada and the European Community during a time span from 1985 to 1990.
It can be generally observed that Canada exported the most wheat in 1988. There were a lot of variations in the exporting patterns of the three sources.
A closer analysis of the graph indicates that Canada was the leading country in the wheat export market in 1985 with slightly under 20 million tonnes of wheat exported. Australia traded the least wheat in 1985 (15 million tonnes), falling not a big gap behind the European Community (about 17 million tonnes). Interestingly, one year later in 1986, Australia surpassed the European Community as the second leading country in exporting wheat, while Canada maintained its position.
In the next two years in 1988, Canada's wheat exports reached an all-time high of 25 million tonnes, leaving the other competitors a long way behind. The year 1989 was noticeable in that both Canada's wheat export and Australia's stood at their lowest points with Canada trading only 14 million tonnes and Australia trading slightly over 10 million. During the period between 1986 and 1990, the European Community's wheat export experienced an upward trend, ultimately ending as the market leader in 1990 with over 20 million tonnes, followed by Canada (slightly under 20 million tonnes) and Australia (over 10 million tonnes).

the answer is 4

SHould I describe each line in detail?

Dear Simon, could you please write task one of exam on 25june IDP. The question was about a Line graph of energy consumption in six countries between 1961-2006. Thank you

The answer is 4
1. In 1985, Canada 's wheat export was about 19 million tonnes.
2. The figure for Australia was lower, standing at 15 million tonnes.
3. In 1988, Canada's wheat export increased by about 5 million tonnes.

The right answer is 4.



Hello Simon! I don't know whether u look to my comment or not, but I hope u do!
I have a question related to your explanation above. I saw some 9 band samples that the candidate used the changes with the country name in task 1.
Here: Japan fluctuates across the age group, between 12 and 16 minutes. Kenya declines steadily as age increases,from 15 minutes for the youngest to 10 minutes for the oldest people.
From Get Ielts band 9 in task one,
Published by Cambridge ielts consultants

Are these right or not? Thanks ahead!

Hi Simon, Could you please review my answer?

The line chart illustrates the amount of wheat exported from three different regions over the past 1985 – 1990. Overall, Australia exports declined during this period, while the European Community showed an increase, and Canada fluctuated greatly.

In 1985, Australia exported 15 million (15m) tonnes of wheat, and this figure slightly increased by 1m in the following year, after that, it gradually dropped to 11m in 1989 and remained until 1990. In contrast, about 17m tonnes of wheat was exported from the European Community in 1985. After decreasing to 14m in the next year, the total amount then rose steadily, and reached about 21m by 1990.

Over the same period, Canada experienced a remarkably different trend. Its exports started at 19m tonnes in 1985, peaking at 25m tonnes in 1988, since then the number dropped dramatically to less than 15m before climbing back to 19m in 1990.

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