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11 Adjectives for Describing Diagrams

Mar 31 2022

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Many exams require test takers to describe diagrams, graphs, charts and information given in images. Whether it is the Writing Task 1 of IELTS or Describing an Image in the PTE or DET, you will find some of these words to be incredibly helpful!

11 Adjectives for Describing Diagrams - First Academy

Here are some adjectives that you might find useful in describing trends, differences, and comparing numbers, and talking about details. While these are helpful for describing data, you can also use these words to describe a host of other things too!

Here are the 11 adjectives that you should not leave home without!

... and three of those which you should probably be careful about using!

1. Slight

From describing a small change to a minor complaint, you can use these very flexible word to talk about any number of things.

2. Steep

From describing an incline to talking about prices - the word does performs quite a few tasks and the price of ignoring this words can be quite steep.

3. Sharp

A sharp mind, a sharp rise in prices, or a sharp knife. The word is as useful as a swiss-army knife. Always carry this with you!

4. Rapid

Heart rate, spread of a disease, cars, decline - almost anything that does anything quickly can be described using the word rapid. Time to quickly add this word to your vocabulary.

5. Steady

Do you have a steady job? a steady income? a steady partner? or a steady head on your shoulders? All these are good things as is being able to use this word. Steadily add  words to your lexical resource! You could say, the coaching at First Academy goes on at a steady, happy pace.

6. Gradual

Another flexible word that can used in many ways to describe things that are slow and steady. Things that are changing but in ways that are not easy to notice. A word that is commonly misused so please be careful to use it only when it is needed!

7. Modest

Something that is not so great, but not so bad either can be best described as modest. From a modest raise (in salary) to a modest income it could be used in myriad ways. You could also describe a person as being modest when he or she does not boast about his achievements.

8. Dramatic ⚠️

While it could be used to describe an increase or a decrease, this word is best avoided to describe data. While it is not wrong to talk about a dramatic increase, it has become a little long in the tooth.

9. Moderate⚠️

Another word like dramatic which should be used only if absolutely necessary. In fact try NOT to use it to describe changes in data. Rather use it to talk about the nature of something. When you are using the word, try to use another phrase 'not excessive' and see if it fits. If it does, then it is probably okay to use the word. Otherwise, tread with caution.

10. Significant❓💀

This is another word that comes with a warning. Signifcant meaning important or meaningful. It also means something that is fairly large. Please use it only when it is needed. Do not over use it and if you can find any other words in place of this word, use those instead.

11. Considerable

If you want to be vague and simply want to say quite a bit, considerable can be a nice word to use. I have considerable love for junk food. I have a considerable amount of money saved for my retirement. You are not saying how much but you are saying it is pretty large. A good word when you want to be vague!


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