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Thursday, January 19, 2017


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Hi Simon

I've two questions
1. Can we write "the men saw a rise... "?
2. Is it okay to say "...the period shown"?

Sorry for repeating my questions. Thanks in advance

Hi Simon,

I'm confused using phrasal verbs in IELTS.

In this writing task 1, I found " looking at" it. In my opinion, it is a little bit informal style. Would it be possible using that kind of things? Whether it will affect for vocabulary or not? I would be grateful if you could answer my question.


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Hi Simon. I'd just like to let you know that I've got 7.5 band in writing thanks to your teaching in this blog :)

Best regards

Hi Simon,

Thank you for your blog. I have two questions.
Could you please talk about the word "respectively"? e.g. 38% and 37% of the surveyed visitors went to a theme park and to a museum/gallery, respectively. Is this sentence correct?
Can I write numbers that are not directly shown in the pie chart? e.g. These two categories accounted for three quaters of the total number of surveyed visitors. (I add 37% and 38% together)

Best regards

Hi Simon
I noticed that you used a lot of numbers to describe the percentages given. However, I was taught by my English teacher that the key in describing a piechart is varying your proportional language ( like using a minor/major/insignificant/... proportion instead of numbers). Im confused if this highly diverse proportional language really boost your band score or it is fine to use numbers like you did?
Please answer me
Best wishes.

I was just wondering if anyone can help me to clarify this,

how does this two expressions are different? 'figures for visitors' and 'figures of visitors'.

and also,
figures for visitors, or figure for visitors, why 'figures' and when 'figure'.


Dear, just want to share my work.

The pie chart and its ancillary proportion bar give us a good idea on how the visitors to Britain scattered on different types of tourist attractions in 1999.

For the pie chart, first of all, it is notable that theme parks attracted 38% of tourists, in parallel, museums and galleries (37%) ranked the second closely, with only 1% gap. Both sectors collectively contributed to three quarters of the total visitor amount. The rest a quarter is shared by wildlife parks & zoos (9%) and historic houses & monuments (16%).

From the ancillary bar chart, which is actually the breakdown of the figure for theme parks, it is obvious that Blackpool Pleasure beach is the most liked place by tourists, nearly a half of visitors (47%) categorized into theme parks had been there. The less popular group of parks includes Alton Tower and Pleasureland Southport, accounts for 17% and 16% respectively. The left 20% visitor is evenly divided by Chessington World of Adventures and Legoland Windsor.

Generally speaking, most visitors to Britain favored the local-featured beaches and museums or galleries reflecting Britain’s cultural backgrounds.

Do we have to follow the rule that at least 3 sentences should be in one paragraph? Thanks.

I am greatfull if you answer my question

hi sir,
you have used more number in the passage bt my ielts teacher had told that we have to use other words like
-just above/below
-a bit more/less

is it good to write like yours style

Hai friends

Overall, it is clear that while Theme Parks, Museums/galleries were the most popular tourist destinations, the Wildlife/zoos was the least famous visiting spot.Furthermore, the proportion of Theme Park tourists was marginally higher than that of the Museums/galleries.

This is the overview
Please comment
I am having my test next week,I need 7 for writing

Why do you use "recevied" in the overall but use "had welcomed" in the last paragragh. I cannot out when to use past tense and when to use past pefect

I dont understand why you use past perfect tense at the end of the passage. Can you explain more?

Hello Simon!
Could u explain why there is "went to a museum" , while in question there is "Museums" i mean singular and plural differences

Why in the final paragraph past perfect was used instead of past simple?

Hi Simon, i am wondering when do we use the phrase "by contrast" and in contrast"? Thank you.


You can use either - the are the same.


I used the past perfect in the last paragraph because the survey was done in the past and the people's visits were before that.

38% of the surveyed visitors went to theme park
went to a theme park
Is there need to write 'a'

Hi Simon,
I wonder if I could write like " an increase or decrease " or something the same to show the changes in pie chart?
Hope you anwer my questions
Thank you so much !

thanks Simon

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