Yes! We’re getting into the bulk of it now. It’s time to learn how to make comparisons.
When comparing information, especially on your Writing Task 1, it’s very important that you use a range of structures to make comparisons. When you compare bar graphs, you can often fall below the 150 word mark because you’re lacking comparisons — kind of like when you do a map. Here are some examples.
- More males than females chose basketball over badminton. (more + noun + than)
- Fewer females than males chose basketball. (fewer + noun + than)
- The TV was more popular among males than females. (more/less + adjective + than)
- The most popular form of communication was the internet. (the most/least + adjective)
These are four different variations (more coming on my webinar and in my book) that you can use to improve your writing. Example, if you’re making between 2-5 comparisons, if you use four of these, that means you’ve used four different ranges in your writing — which is a huge plus.
Technique: You can also compare information by using as ………. as when numbers are very close, by using not as many ………..as.
Make comparative sentences based on the notes above.
Examples: females/males/pick/Facebook – More females than males pick Facebook as their main social network platform.
a) males/females/choose/the skytrain
c) the Internet/choose/males/females
d) females/males/pick/the radio