EFFECTIVE SENTENCE STRUCTURES TO GET AN 8.0+
1. Position statement:
The price of gas stood at $2.75 per gallon.
In 2005, the sugar export accounted for about 10% of total exports.
2. Movement statements
There was a decrease in the price of gas/ gas prices.
There was an increase in the sugar export/ export of sugar/ exported sugar.
Gas prices/ the price of gas decreased.
The export of sugar/ the sugar export/ the exported sugar increased.
Gas prices/ the price of gas experienced a decrease·
The export of sugar/ the sugar export/ the exported sugar witnessed an increase
3. Time phrases
From 1990 to 1995
Between 1990 and 1995
During/throughout the period from 1995 to 2005
During a period of 10 years
Over the (three-month) period (between April and June)
For 5 years
4. Grammar variations
Connecting sentences together makes your writing more interesting and can help to improve your band score
– but you should aim to vary the way you link sentences
. Here are a couple options to try instead of just using “then”:
CD sales increased steadily from 2005 until 2010, then fell slightly in the following year.
CD sales increased steadily from 2005 until 2010, before falling slightly in the following year.
After increasing steadily from 2005 until 2010, CD sales fell slightly in the following year.
5. Vocabulary variations
Again, these variations increase the range of language you use, which can make your writing more interesting and benefit your band score
There was a slight fall in CD sales in 2010
(The year) 2010 saw a slight fall in CD sales.
CD sales experienced a slight fall in 2010
6. Giving evidence (data)
When you describe the key information in a diagram, it’s extremely important to include evidence to support your idea . This means you add data
specific numbers, percentages, etc
For example: CD sales increased slightly from 52 (million) to 70 million units between 2009 and 2010. ·
CD sales increased slightly from 52 million units in 2010 to 70 million the following year.
CD sales increased by eight million units from 2009 to 2010.
During the period from 1990 to 1995, there was a decrease in gas prices from $2.70 to $2.75 per gallon.
There was an increase in the sugar export between May and August from about 10% to over 20%. ·
Between 1990 and 1995, the price of gas decreased from $2.75 to $2.70 per gallon.
The sugar export increased from approximately 10% to more than 20% between May and August.
From 1990 to 1995, the price of gas experienced a decrease from $2.75 to $2.70 per gallon.
The sugar export witnessed an increase between May and August from around 10% to over 20%
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