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Thank you so much !

TO SIMON
A native speaker told me that should not use phrase "It is clear that/ it is noticeable that" on task 1 's overview. She said, "Do not write clauses like these. They do not describe the figure. They are your opinions." "Avoid the use of "figure" in Task 1", she said again.

What do you think about that?

Hoàng Nguyễn

British Council states that both tasks in the Academic test must be written in formal style, but they do not specify 'academic' style.

The Task 1 report must present a clear overview of main trends, differences or stages. That is what an examiner is looking for in assessing the overview.

The two phrases you mention are somewhat redundant, but (in my view) would not affect the score one way or the other.

Looking at the model answer provided by the British Council themselves here:

https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/2018-01/Writing_practice_test_1_IELTS_Academic_Model_Answers.pdf

please note that they themselves use "figure" to refer to a number, so this must be okay.

Also note that they use anthropomorphic verbs such as "[The last decade] has seen", so it seems that there is no need to be overly rigorous about having to use only strictly academic wording.

Thanks a lot. it is extremely useful!

Hi Simon, I’m quite confused about how to use the word “proportion”, I mean, in your essay you wrote “the proportions of...” with “s”. However, when I look it up in OxfordDictionary, it is said that “the proportion” without “s” is the synonym of “the percentage” and the one with “s” is explained as measurements and dimensions.
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/proportion

Can you please explain it in more details for me?
Look forward to hearing your answer.
Thank you for the essay, too.

April

'Proportion' is usually singular. See here:
https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/proportion

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=proportion%2Cproportions&year_start=1960&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cproportion%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cproportions%3B%2Cc0#t1%3B%2Cproportion%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cproportions%3B%2Cc0

Simon has used the plural in the following phrase because there are six pairs of proportions: the proportions of Australian males and females in six age categories.

Note that the plural is also used with a special meaning:
https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/proportions


Very informative. Thanks Sir Simon

Hoàng Nguyễn,

I disagree with the advice that you were given.

Hi, Simon, may I have some comments on the first two paragraphs?

The chart illustrates the proportion of Australian males and females in six age categories who had the habit of doing regualr physical exercise in 2010.

It is clear that females aged 45 to 54 occupied the highest percentage of doing physical activity, while the lowest was made by the group of males in 35 to 44. Roughly speaking, the proportion of females took regular physical exercise overtook that of males in all age categories, except the group in 15 to 24.

Thank you, and we really appreciate your lessons!
:)

sorry for the mistake "regualr", --> regular


I got confused with the last part of the sentence. Doesn't " while males aged 35 to 44 did the least physical activity" means the amount of physical activity done by males age 35 to 44 and not the proportion of male that have regular physical exercise?

Hi Simon,

I just want to say thank you.

Your website and the way you teach are amazing. You always remind us to think simple yet accurate and I think I agree with you, sometimes I just think unnecessary complicated words or phrases to get better score. I was wrong and I found the lesson from you mostly writing task easy to digest.

Hope everything goes well. I’ll take a test this Tuesday

Why is it proportionally? I see Simon wanted to describe the contrasting figure of female and male in age group 35-44; female had the highest figure while that of male was the lowest among other age groups. Please somebody explain to me! I would appreciate the help!

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