IELTS Energy 146: IELTS Writing Task 1- Perfect Prepositions for Change Over Time Questions

IELTS Writing Task 1 prepositions change over timeIf you want to get a 7 or an 8 on your IELTS Writing test then you need to use the right prepositions, especially to describe graphs and charts in IELTS Writing Task 1.

Today get the prepositions and the sentences that the examiner wants to see on this part of the test, especially for Change Over Time questions.

Key phrases and prepositions:

“From ____ to ______” (“….from 1980 to 1990”)

“Between ______ and ______” (“….between 1980 and 1990”)


Remember, you must show numbers in your essay when you talk about changes.

For example, you can say “The population increased from 100 to 300.”

You can also say how much something changed by.

For example, you can say “The population increased by 200.”


You also need to tell the examiner the highest point and the lowest point.

For example, “The population peaked at 1 million in 2015.”
Another great vocabulary word is “bottomed out.”

For example, “The population bottomed out at 300,000 in 2014.”

You need to use interesting phrases, vocabulary, and idioms to get a 7 or higher.

Sometimes even native speakers can get a 6 in Writing Task 1 because they don’t know that they have to use idioms to describe numbers.


Now come up with your own example!

Look at a chart or graph in the newspaper and share your phrases to summarize it.

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  • 1) The birth rate decreased from 2000 to 2010 in Japan . The birth rate decreased from 5000
    to 3000 . The birth rate decreased by 2000 . The birth rate bottomed out at 400,000 in 2006 .
    2) The death rate increased between 2011 and 2015 in China . The death rate increased from 7000 to 10,000 . The death rate increased by 3000 . The death rate peaked at 800,000 in 2015 .

    These are NOT facts , just examples !!!

  • Jose Antonio Coria Castrejon

    The air pollution index increased from 50 to 60points. That means a death rate peaked to 70% more dangerous this eek.