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August 19, 2010


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Hi Simon,
1. was
2. were
3. rose to
4. was
5. reached

I have written intro and summary for the graph as follows:

The line graph shows the proportion of the Internet usage among people in three different countries in the period of 10 years.

In overall, The percentage of people (inhabitant) who used the Internet in Mexico was lowest compared to those people in USA and Canada.

Are these sentences correct?

Thanks Simon


3.rose to

thx alot simon for ur help n my exam is tomorrow.my life is standing on this exam and i dont know if my english is good enough to score band 6 and start new life .
good luck all


1. was
2. were
3. rose to
4. reached
5. was
6. used

Felora and Saif:

You made a couple of mistakes.

Felora, your paragraphs are good, but don't write "In overall", just write "Overall".

Good luck tomorrow Saif!


3- rose to

All correct Ebtesam!

Hi,Simon. You are helping me a lot. Thank you!
By the way,may I ask you something?
Well, I don`t understand the difference between`reached` and `rose to`.
Could you give me the advice about that,please?

I think 'reached' usually implies that the number rose to a high point or peak.

Thank you, Jim!


Hi Turkeya,

"a comparison" = noun
"comparing" = verb

Hi Simon,
I am really enjoy for learning in your website.
I have something make me dizzled,which is difference between "reached" and "rose to".
According to Jim's comment, i didnt understand because Mexico didnt reached the peak yet in 2005.i was wondering the meaning of high point. Does highpoint mean that is the angle displayed in 2005?

Dear Shun,

'Reached' (arrive at in some course of progress) and 'Reached a peak' have a totally different meanings. Therefore, 'reached' in this sentence is correct.

Dear Simon, First of all there is not an appropriate way to thank you. This site is helping a lot. I hope to see more lessons on youtube.
This is my first comment. Please give your precious advice (if convenient) .
What kind of verb tense I have to use if the graph shwos prediction the future users,an example, ( By 2025, the percentage of Internet users ______ highest in Canada. Almost 100% of Canadians ______ the Internet, compared to about 80% of Americans and only 40% of Mexicans.)
I think that ( will be, will use ) are the correct answers , so I can not use only present or past simple.
Many thanks

which one do u suggest me for ielts exam eiher idp or british council.i am confused.

thank you simon very much. All sentences you made are simple and understandable.

stood at
took up

The chart shows the percentage of internet users in three countries over ten years, from 1999 to 2009.

It is noticeable that there was an upward trend. All of these countries saw a significant increase over this period and among them Mexico had the lowest growth rate.

In 1999, the percentage of internet users of USA was about 20%, far more than that of Canada and Mexico, where the figures were about 10% and 5%, respectively. In 2002, the proportion of people using the internet in USA and Canada were almost the same, which was approximately 50%. This happened again in 2005, when the figure was 20% more than it in 2002.

By 2009, Canada had the largest proportion of the internet users and the figure reached to almost 100%. Then came the America, where the percentage increased to 80%. The number in Mexico was the lowest, which was only about 40%.

Dear Simon
confused about 5 & 6 why can we use reach highest? is it because lacking of "the"? and how about was just over 25%, is it due to the adverbs over?
Thank you

In 1999, the proportion of people using the Internet in the USA was______ about 20%. The figures for Canada and Mexico were______ lower, at about 10% and 5% respectively. In 2005, Internet usage in both the USA and Canada _rose to_____ around 70% of the population, while the figure for Mexico __reached____ just over 25%.

By 2009, the percentage of Internet users __was____ highest in Canada. Almost 100% of Canadians __used____ the Internet, compared to about 80% of Americans and only 40% of Mexicans.

rose to, were, used, reached, was (x2)

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