Vocabulary to describe graphs
Introducing the graph
The graph/table/pie chart/bar chart/diagram ...
- gives information about/on ...
- provides information about/on ...
- shows ...
- illustrates ...
- compares ...
- explains why ...
- describes ...
- draws the conclusion of (a survey) ...
Example: The pie charts provide information on the proportion of males and females working in agricultural sector.
Types of changes
a rise (of)
an increase (of)
a growth (of)
a peak (of)
a surge (of)
Example: a rise of prices
a fall (in)
a decrease (in)
a decline (in)
a dip (in)
Example: a fall in prices
a fluctuation (of)
a variation (in)
Example: a fluctuation of prices
to leap (->leapt)
Description of changes
Example: the prices rose sharply
Example: the prices increased modestly
Example: there was a considerable growth
Example: there was a gradual decline
a small fraction, a small number, a small minority
a large portion, a significant majority
nearly a fifth, almost 10%, in region of 40%, more than a half, over a quarter, around two thirds, more or less three quarters, exactly one in ten, approximately a third