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October 02, 2014


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dear sir

which one is correct

i got married or i have got married.

and what is a difference between them .

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This is the question of the writing task 2.

Some people think that the computers and the Internet are more important in child's education. However, others think that schools and teachers are essential for child's education? What is your opinion ?

Hi everyone, I'm confused right now. When we use "percentage" in plural? Can anybody help me? Cuz I see sometimes to show the percentage off many categories, the writer uses "percentage" not "percentages".

Can we say the percentage of.... instead of the percentage for ....?

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There are two percentages, one for 'resources' and one for 'furniture/equipment' , so it can be used as plural.

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i got marry is past tense.
i have married is past perfect tense.

why dont we use one fifths, nearly a quarter, etc?

Regarding teachers salaries, why use the word 'again'? (...but fell again by 5% in 2001). It went up in 1991 then fell in 2001-first time to go down.

Hi Simon

I took ielts exam on 27 September.
The task 1 writing was about a line graph. It showed the number of visitors of a museum on summer and winter. vertical axis showed number of visitors and the horizontal axis indicated time. Actually I was confused by time it started at 900 when the number of visitors was zero for both summer and winter. I did not know how to explain the graph.
Could you please guide me?

These 3 pie charts compare 5 different types of spending on school issues in the years 1981,1991 and 2001.

In all these years, teachers' salaries occupied the biggest part,fluctuating slightly around 45% of total costs. The proportion spent in other worker's salaries fell steadily from 28% in 1981 and 15% in 2001.By contrast, expenditure on insurance was the only item that saw an continuous increase from 2% at first up to 8% in the end. Noticeably, it was also the smallest cost in each year.

The rest two, resources and furniture/equipment, took up varying percentages over this period.The figure for resources stood at 15% in 1981,then reached its peak in 1991 at 20% and finally fell to 9% in 2001,while spending on furniture/equipment made a highest record as 23% in 2001, jumping almost five times more than the year 1991,which was 5% at its bottom.

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the three pie charts above illustrate the total expenditure made by school in the year of 1981, 1991 and 2001. Overall, it is clear that the teachers' salaries occupied the largest sector over these 3 decades.

A total of 40% spending were made for the teachers' salaries in 1981,the percentage rose to another additional 5% in 1991,and then fell back to 45% in 2001.Overall spending on insurance were 2% in 1981,followed by a significant increase later on,reaching 8% in 2001.

Budget on other workers' salaries show a gradual decrease over the 3 decades, from 28% in 1981, dropped slightly to 22%, and then to 15% in 2001.As for the categories of resources and furniture/equipment, the expenditure for the 3 decades showed fluctuant change. The figure for resources was highest in 1991, at 20%, and declined significantly in 2001, at 9%. As for the category of furniture/equipment,the percentage was lowest in 1991, which is only 5%, and peaked in 2001 with a percentage of 23.

The three charts illustrate how the school spent its fund over the period of 20 years. Overall, the largest proportion was for teachers’ salaries while the other expenditure shifted their positions interchangeably.
Significantly, the figure for teachers’ salaries was highest at 40% in 1981, then rose by 10% ten years later before slipping back to 45% in 2001. Workers’ salaries was the second largest spending amount taking up 28% of the total in 1981. However, it finished the period at 15% after a decrease of 6% in 1991.
Expenditure on insurance was on a steady rise, from to, reaching a high of 8% in 2001.
However, spending on resources and furniture equipment fluctuated. Although the figure for resources increased from 15% to 20% between 1981 and 191, it finally dipped to only 9% . In contrast, the first ten years saw an upward trend in the spending for furniture and equipment, an increase of 10% by 1991, but it shrinked to 23% in the second decade.
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Could I use "Expenditure of" instead of "Expenditure on" in terms of that case or both of them is possible?

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