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Dear Simon, most IELTS teachers in my country use the words you mentioned above in their WT1. I completely agree with your opinion that such essays seem forced, exaggerated.

Some good lexical resource:
Show-depict, illustrate,represent,indicate, reveal, display.
Fall- Drastic fall, dramatic downward trend, plummet,sudden decline, plunge,
-Gradual ,constant,steady decrease,
-Minimal , modest,slight
Rise- increase, growth, upward, surge,rocket, soar, climb, ascend, boost.
Fluctuate, zig-zag, vary, variance, inconsistent, alternating highs and lows
Cross, intersect, exceed, surpass, overlap,overtake,bisect,supersede,
Steadiness:Level(ed) off / remain(ed) constant / remain(ed) unchanged / remain(ed) stable.

Pachu

Some of the words in your list are not appropriate. Words like 'plummet' 'plunge' 'soar' 'ascend' are either the wrong 'style' or old fashioned. See Simon's link as well in his post.

Graph showing most common adjectives with growth and increase:

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=*_ADJ+growth%2Clinear+growth%2Cexponential+growth%2C+*_ADJ+increase&year_start=1960&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t2%3B%2C%2A_ADJ%20growth%3B%2Cc0%3B%2Cs0%3B%3Beconomic_ADJ%20growth%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Brapid_ADJ%20growth%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bannual_ADJ%20growth%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bindustrial_ADJ%20growth%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Burban_ADJ%20growth%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bpersonal_ADJ%20growth%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bnew_ADJ%20growth%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bslow_ADJ%20growth%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bfuture_ADJ%20growth%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bhigh_ADJ%20growth%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Clinear%20growth%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cexponential%20growth%3B%2Cc0%3B.t2%3B%2C%2A_ADJ%20increase%3B%2Cc0%3B%2Cs0%3B%3Bsignificant_ADJ%20increase%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Brapid_ADJ%20increase%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bmarked_ADJ%20increase%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bsubstantial_ADJ%20increase%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Blarge_ADJ%20increase%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bfurther_ADJ%20increase%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bcent_ADJ%20increase%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bslight_ADJ%20increase%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bgreat_ADJ%20increase%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bnatural_ADJ%20increase%3B%2Cc0

Statistics for adjectives with 'fall', downward trend, :

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=sharp+fall%2C+sudden+fall%2C+rapid+fall%2C+drastic+fall&year_start=1960&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Csharp%20fall%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Csudden%20fall%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Crapid%20fall%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cdrastic%20fall%3B%2Cc0

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=*_ADJ+downward+trend&year_start=1960&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t2%3B%2C%2A_ADJ%20downward%20trend%3B%2Cc0%3B%2Cs0%3B%3Bgeneral_ADJ%20downward%20trend%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bslight_ADJ%20downward%20trend%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bsteady_ADJ%20downward%20trend%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bterm_ADJ%20downward%20trend%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bclear_ADJ%20downward%20trend%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bsignificant_ADJ%20downward%20trend%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Boverall_ADJ%20downward%20trend%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bmarked_ADJ%20downward%20trend%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bconsistent_ADJ%20downward%20trend%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bsharp_ADJ%20downward%20trend%3B%2Cc0

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=*_ADJ+decline&year_start=1960&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t2%3B%2C%2A_ADJ%20decline%3B%2Cc0%3B%2Cs0%3B%3Bsharp_ADJ%20decline%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Beconomic_ADJ%20decline%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Brapid_ADJ%20decline%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bsteady_ADJ%20decline%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Brelative_ADJ%20decline%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bgradual_ADJ%20decline%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bgeneral_ADJ%20decline%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bmarked_ADJ%20decline%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bsignificant_ADJ%20decline%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bfurther_ADJ%20decline%3B%2Cc0

These collocations should sound 'natural' to an examiner.

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=plummeted%2Cplunged%2Csoared%2Cascended%2Csurged%2Crocketed%2Cincreased%2Crose%2Cgrew%2Cdeclined%2Cdecreased%2Cfell&year_start=1960&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cplummeted%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cplunged%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Csoared%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cascended%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Csurged%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Crocketed%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cincreased%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Crose%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cgrew%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cdeclined%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cdecreased%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cfell%3B%2Cc0

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=leveled+off%2C+levelled+off%2C+remained+steady%2Cremained+constant%2Cremained+unchanged&year_start=1985&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cleveled%20off%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Clevelled%20off%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cremained%20steady%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cremained%20constant%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cremained%20unchanged%3B%2Cc0

Thank you sir.

Hi Simon.
I have been following your blog for a year, and now I’m starting to practice the writing skills. And the problem is my teacher told me that I have to practice from grammar after he looked my essays. “Too many basic grammar mistakes”, he said.
I aim to take the test on May, so what should I do?
Anyways, At the reading and listening skills, I normally got 5.5-6 when I was practicing the Test in Cambridge books
Thanks so much


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