Academic IELTS Writing Task 1 Numbers

Vocabulary Dealing with Change

Fractions

 4%: A tiny fraction: Only a tiny fraction of the total household budget is spent on luxury products.

24%: Almost a quarter: Almost a quarter of the total population in between 25 and 35 years old.

25%: Exactly a quarter: Exactly a quarter of the women works in call centres.

26%: Roughly one quarter: Roughly one quarter of the market share belongs to Mango Co.

27%: Just over a quarter: just over a quarter of the total New Zealand online sales are movies..

32%: Nearly one-third, nearly a third: Nearly a third of the complaints recorded are the 35 to 45 year old category.

49%: Around a half, just under half: Around half of the cheese produced in the USA is mozzarella.

50%: Exactly half: Exactly half of the population living in London loves their city.

51%: Just over half: Just over half of the people interviewed could not answer the questions asked.

73%: Nearly three quarters. Nearly three quarters of the waste produced is plastic.

77%: Approximately three quarter, more than three-quarter. The demand for fixed phone lines dropped by Approximately three quarter.

79%: Well over three quarters: Well over three quarters of the smartphones bought were no longer in use 3 years later.

 

Proportions

2%: A tiny portion, a very small proportion: Overall only a tiny proportion of the training hours is spent on health and safety.

4%: An insignificant minority: An insignificant minority of the people go camping every year.

17%: A small minority: A small minority of the new job openings in Australia are for research.

70%: A large proportion: A large proportion of the people of the people going on holidays book a hotel in advance.

81%: A significant majority: A significant amount of the complaints received by the bank of America are from the public.

89%: A very large proportion: A very large proportion of the rice eaten in Europe is imported.

Approximations (almost)

Approximately: Scotland exports for approximately 10 billion pounds worth of chemicals to the rest of the world.

Nearly: Nearly 60% of the 30 to 39 year olds choses university for career reasons.

Roughly: In Canada roughly 1 million people used the train in 2001

Almost: The length of a travel Youtube add is almost 30 seconds.

About: Lunch sales on a Saturday afternoon are about 2000$.

Around: around 300 women work in Manufacturing.

More or less: Unemployed men have more or less 80 hours of leisure time a week.

Just over: Just over 700 men work in the retail sector.

Just under: Just under 70% of the people in the US have a landline.

Just around: Just around 15 million people visited Australia in 1985.

Just about: Team spirit affects just about 60% of people’s work performance.

Just below: just below 20.000 of the people interviewed visited Western-Europe.  

A little more than: Tokyo has a little more than 150 km of subway systems.

A little less than: in 1972 a little less than 90% of the British households had a vacuum cleaner.

 

Dates, Months & Years

From 1990 to 2000: From 1990 to 2000 just about 30% of the male population in Britain bought pop albums.

Commencing from 1980: Commencing from 1980 the production cost of cars decreased dramatically. 

Between 1995 and 2005: Between 1995 and 2005 the male employment rate in Australia went up by just over 10%.

After 2012: After 2012 the world illiteracy rates dropped significantly.

By 1995: The on toys had doubled By 1995

In 1998: In 1998 the life expectancy of Canadian males was 76 years.

In February: In February the imprisonment rates went down slightly.

Over the period: Over the period the overall share price of Coca Cola fluctuated significantly.

During the period: During the period the car as a means of transportation to go to work increased tremendously.  

During 2011: During 2011 the consumption of fast food increased steadily.

In the first half of the year: In the first half of the year the gold sales went up.

For the first quarter: For the first quarter the amount of visitors to the website fluctuated slightly.

The last quarter of the year: The last quarter of the year the amount of Japanese tourist travelling to Australia went up slightly.

During the first decade: During the first decade the amount women smoking more than doubled.

In the 80s: In the 80s the expenditure on health and education rose slightly.  

In the 1980s: In the 1980’s 15 percent of the food budget was spent on eating out.

During the next 6 months: During the next 6 months the amount of people infected with the flu virus steadily declined.

In the mid-70s:In the mid-70s about 175 million was spent on researching a cure for tropical diseases.  

The next 10 years: In the next 10 years the expenditure on cars almost doubled going from 23% to 45%

The previous year: The previous year the oil production was slightly less.

The next year: The next year the amount of time calling by cell phone grew slightly.

Between 1980 – 1990: Between 1980 – 1990 the amount of people living below the poverty line grew tremendously.  

Within a time span of ten years: Within a time span of ten years agriculture water use more than tripled

Within five years: Within five years the total population of Asian elephants dropped dramatically.

The next month: The next month the amount of passenger embarking from the airport increased moderately.

The next quarter: The next quarter alcohol related deaths went down moderately.

The next year: The next year the amount of houses built was almost identical as the previous year.

The previous month: The previous month the amount of visitors to the museum was slightly more.

The previous year: The previous year the total expenditure budget had gone down.

Since: Since 1998 the amount of waste recycled grew substantially.

Then: Since 1998 the amount of waste recycled grew substantially, then it stabilized.

From: From 1986 till 1996 the amount of women studying Maths at University went down dramatically.

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