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# How to write an introduction for Writing Task 1

The introduction for Writing Task 1 should explain what the chart/graph shows (e.g. type of graph, unit of measurement, subject, categories, place and time). To do this, you may use the following formula as a guide for yourself:

The graph type + shows/compares + unit of measurement and subject + categories + place + time

For example, let's look at the attached graph. Looking at the graph, we can observe that

The graph type = The two pie charts

shows/compares = compare

unit of measurement and subject = the percentage of digital sales

categories = of four retail sectors - travel, movie/songs, books and clothes -

place = in New Zealand

time = between 2003 and 2013 So, the sample introduction for this type of graph can be:

The two pie charts compare the percentage of digital sales of four retail sectors - travel, movie/songs, books and clothes - in New Zealand between 2003 and 2013.

To take your introduction to an advanced level, try to change the grammatical structure. Here is how to do it:

The two pie charts compare how the proportions of digital sales of four retail sectors have changed over a period of 10 years in New Zealand.

Below you can find more examples of Introductions for Charts and Diagrams.

## Example 1

Question Statement: The graph below shows the amounts of waste produced by three companies over a period of 15 years. Introduction:

The line graph compares three companies in terms of their waste output between the years 2000 and 2015.

## Example 2

Question Statement: The chart below shows the total number of minutes (in billions) of telephone calls in the UK, divided into three categories, from 1995-2002. Introduction:

The bar chart compares the amount of time spent by people in the UK on three different types of phone call between 1995 and 2002.

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