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September 07, 2017


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Hi Simon,

Isn't it necessary to paraphrase the reasons and issues mentioned in the charts?


Please simon send writing task and speaking topics can entered in your website


There are lots of examples of paraphrasing in my answer, but we need to be very careful with the names of categories / items on the chart.

As a general rule, I'd say that you DON'T need to paraphrase those words, and you're in danger of confusing the reader if you do. So, while it's fine to change "price" to "cost", I wouldn't try to paraphrase something like "space for pedestrians" - if you write something like "room for walking", it's going to seem strange.

Remember, the items / categories on charts are often names (e.g. countries, product names etc.), and you can't change these.

Can you find all the other examples of paraphrasing that I used in my answer?

Hi Simon,

My essay has been commented that it is informal and not adequate for Writing task 2 and I dont know what I should do to fix it.

And could you give me some online sources offering Writing task 1 topics, particularly in progress and map?

Could you or anybody on this website help me? Thank you so much!

Thank you, Simon.
That's very clear explanation.
I thought that sort of "paraphrasing" would impress examiners but as you said, inappropriate paraphasing can put writers in danger of confusing readers or making expressions seem weird.

Dear Sir Simon,
As you have written a wonderful sample for writing task 1. In this connection, could you please tell me that how much time do you usually spend when you write both tasks?(academic writing task 1 and 2)

Click on "IELTS Task 1" , "IELTS Task 2", and "Questions/Advice" in the left side bar on this page; going through the material should give you a good idea of how to improve.

Hi Simon,

I just completed a report (bar chart and line graph) and wrote 226 words. I know there is no upper word limit, but, isn't that considered too much for writing task 1? Note that I didn't contain every little detail and did what that task asked me to (summarise the main features and make comparisons where relevant)

Hello simon. Im just wondering about the phrases, "one in 10" and "one in five". Im trying to think how you came up with that. Thanks!

Hi Simon.
I'm Bora. I have a question while I was readling.

In the last paragraph and last sentence, you wrote "Finally, a total of 14% of those surveyed thought that access to public transport or space for pedestrians were the most important travel issues."
But the most important issue is price in this case so I think you have to say "these issues were the most important "for 14% of those who surveyed thought that access to public transports or space for pedestrian."

To be honest, I think you are not wrong but I'm wondering why you mentioned like that.

Thank you =)

Hi Simon Sir,
please clearfy this sentences
Almost one in five people cited safety as their foremost travel concern.

Hi, dear Simon, I want to ask you for a question.
In your sentence:
Looking more closely at the bar chart, we can see that 49% of the trips made by Americans in 2009 were for the purpose of commuting.
If we use 49 percent as subject, should we should were or was? I mean the plural or singular verb form.
Thanks for your time and best regards!

Hi, dear Simon, I want to ask you for a question.
In your sentence:
Looking more closely at the bar chart, we can see that 49% of the trips made by Americans in 2009 were for the purpose of commuting.
If we use 49 percent as subject, should we use were or was? I mean the plural or singular verb form.
Thanks for your time and best regards!

Hi Simon,

Thanks for the lesson. It's really helpful.
I just have a question about the phrase you used.

In the same year, the primary concern of Americans, WITH REGARD TO the trips they made, was the cost of travelling.

Does the phrase "with regard to" can be used interchangeably with "in terms of"?

Thank you!

Hello Simon,
Shouldn't it be "the US residents" instead of "US residents"?


No, US residents is fine here.

hello dear simon sir
plz,let me know one thing, in writing task 1, writing over 180 words would it lessen my score?

The bar chart demonstrates the main reasons why US citizens travelled for the year 2009 and the pie chart shows what difficulties were faced by them while travelling.

It’s evident that the main reason for the US residents to travel was for professional duties and this constituted 49% and the least likely cause for them to commute was for meeting friends and families. Personal works, visiting malls, and recreational activities made upto the list with descending order i.e. 19%, 16% and 10% respectively.

During transportation the public faced number of issues, the top most of them was cost of travelling and this bothered 36% of travellers. This was followed by sense of social insecurity in 19%. Of note, 17% of people reported driver’s harsh behaviour as their concern. The list also included problems like traffic jam at Highways, accessibility to transport system and last but the not the least getting a seat to sit in.

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Hi Simon,

I'm just wondering, in your introduction why did you use "in the year 2009" where you can use in 2009? Isn't redundant?


The charts illustrate why tourists in America went for traveling and what their main concerns were in a particular year.

It is clear to see from the bar chart that the main reason for people in America to travel was to commute (49%). 19% of travelers who went on a holiday were out of individual reasons while only 10% of other holidaymakers were to visit their friends and relatives. Also, traveling for shopping and social/recreation amounted to 26% altogether.

The biggest concern for vacationers was the price of travel (36 %). There was also 19% of people who worried about safety during their trips. Aggressive drivers and high congestion were two factors that concerned travelers, with the proportion reaching to 17% and 14% respectively. A total 14% of tourists in US showed their worries about access to public transport and space for pedestrians.

Overall, it can be concluded from the charts that most people in US are traveling for work and their biggest concern is of the price of travel.


Dear Simon
I wonder if the question meant not to give the units. As I find from your essays, which makes sense that in the bar chart, it is the percentage of "trips" while the pie chart is the percentage of "travellers". I had tried writing this before reading your sample, and when comparing, I find the point. If I write this with time pressure, I will not find that the units of the charts are different.
Much appreciated

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