The line graph compares the amount of carbon dioxide emitted in four Western nations between 1967 and 2007.

Overall, the emission of carbon dioxide in Portugal and Italy went up continuously, while that of the United Kingdom and Sweden dropped. Besides, throughout the period shown, the carbon footprint of the United Kingdom was the highest.

From 1967 to 1997, the carbon dioxide emission of Italy rose gradually by about 3.7 metric tonnes. It reached a high of around 7.8 in 1997 and remained unchanged for the rest of the period. Likewise, there was a steady growth in that of Portugal from about 1.6 to 5.7 metric tonnes.

Contrary to those two countries, both the UK and Sweden experienced declines in their carbon footprint. The amount of carbon dioxide discharged in the UK fell to about 8.8 metric tonnes in 2007. Turning to Sweden, the carbon dioxide emission in this country peaked at around 10.2 in 1997, then saw a considerable dip for the rest of the period.

The line graph compares the amount of carbon dioxide emitted in four Western nations betweenn1967 and 2007.

Overall, the emission of carbon dioxide in Portugal and Italy experienced an increase, while that of the United Kingdom and Sweden dropped. Besides, throughout the period, the carbon footprint of the United Kingdom was the highest.

From 1967 to 1997, the carbon dioxide emission of Italy rose gradually by about 3.7 metric tonnes. It reached its peak of around 7.8 in 1997 and remained unchanged for the rest of the period. Likewise, there was a continuous growth in that of Portugal from about 1.6 to 5.7 metric tonnes.

Contrary to those two countries, both the UK and Sweden CO2 witnessed a decline in the carbon footprint. The amount of carbon dioxide discharged in the UK fell continuously, while there was a significant ascent to about 10.1 in 1977 and then an enormous fall for the rest of the period in Sweden.

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The line graph compares the amount of carbon dioxide emitted in four Western nations between 1967 and 2007.

Overall, the emission of carbon dioxide in Portugal and Italy experienced an increase, while that of the United Kingdom and Sweden dropped. Besides, throughout the period, the carbon footprint of the United Kingdom was the highest.

From 1967 to 1997, the carbon dioxide emission of Italy rose gradually by about 3.7 metric tonnes. It reached its peak of around 7.8 in 1997 and remained unchanged for the rest of the period. Likewise, there was a continuous growth in that of Portugal from about 1.6 to 5.7 metric tonnes.

Contrary to those two countries, both the UK and Sweden CO2 witnessed a decline in the carbon footprint. The amount of carbon dioxide discharged in the UK fell continuously, while there was a significant ascent to about 10.1 in 1977 and then an enormous fall for the rest of the period in Sweden.

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The line graph compares the amount of carbon dioxide emitted in four Western nations between 1967 and 2007.

Overall, the emission of carbon dioxide in Portugal and Italy went up continuously, while that of the United Kingdom and Sweden dropped. Besides, throughout the period shown, the carbon footprint of the United Kingdom was the highest.

From 1967 to 1997, the carbon dioxide emission of Italy rose gradually by about 3.7 metric tonnes. It reached a high of around 7.8 in 1997 and remained unchanged for the rest of the period. Likewise, there was a steady growth in that of Portugal from about 1.6 to 5.7 metric tonnes.

Contrary to those two countries, both the UK and Sweden experienced declines in their carbon footprint. The amount of carbon dioxide discharged in the UK fell to about 8.8 metric tonnes in 2007. Turning to Sweden, the carbon dioxide emission in this country peaked at around 10.2 in 1997, then saw a considerable dip for the rest of the period.

P/s: I did read the links you shared and the author recommended not using verbs like see, experience, witness,... in task 1. However, I found one of them in a sample of Simon ( website Ielts Simon). What do you think about this? I'm confused.

You did not report the value that was being measured. You have to read the task very carefully to avoid mistakes like that. Do not just glance at the graph and begin writing.

Also, avoid human activity verbs (see, witness, and experience) for inanimate things like emissions, countries or numbers. They are not appropriate for science and math writing.



The line graph compares the amount of carbon dioxide emitted (That is not correct.) in four Western nations between 1967 and 2007. (Which nations? Your description is not complete.)

Overall, the emission of carbon dioxide in Portugal and Italy went up continuously, while that of the United Kingdom and Sweden dropped. Besides, it was highest in the UK. throughout the period shown, the carbon footprint of the United Kingdom was the highest.

From 1967 to 1997, the carbon dioxide emission of Italy rose gradually by about 3.7 metric tonnes. It reached a high of around 7.8 in 1997 and remained unchanged for the rest of the period. Likewise, there was a steady growth in that of Portugal from about 1.6 to 5.7 metric tonnes.

Contrary to those two countries, both the UK and Sweden had experienced (wrong word. Only people have experiences.) declines in their carbon footprint. The amount of carbon dioxide discharged in the UK fell to about 8.8 metric tonnes in 2007. Turning to Sweden, the carbon dioxide emission in this country Sweden peaked at around 10.2 in 1997, then saw (emissions do not see things.) a considerable dip for the rest of the period.


Sample essay

The line graph compares the average amount of carbon dioxide released annually per person in four different countries (The UK, Sweden, Italy and Portugal) over a 40-year period, 1967 to 2007.

Overall, during the first thirty years, from 1967 to 1997, two countries (Portugal and Italy) showed an increase, and the other two (The UK and Sweden) showed a decrease. After 1997, emissions in three of the countries decreased and they were nearly flat in the fourth, Portugal.

In detail, the ranking of the countries did not change except for Sweden which moved from second to last place. In 1967, the UK had the highest value, at about 10.8 tonnes. This was followed by Sweden (8.5), Italy (4.1) and Portugal (1.3). In 2007, the leader was still the UK at 8.7 tonnes, followed by Italy (7.8), Portugal and Sweden (5.5). The UK per capita emissions were level (about 10.8) for the first ten years followed by slowly declining curve (a rate of about 0.6 tonnes per year) from 1977 to 2007. In contrast, Sweden, Italy and Portugal all had large increases during the first ten years; emissions peaked in Sweden at 10.2 tonnes and there was a rise of over 45% (4.2 to 6.2) in Italy, and 83% in Portugal (1.2 to 2.2). In the next ten years, Sweden decreased its per capita emissions by over 30% (10.2 to 7.1), and continued its decline from 1987 to 2007. Portugal had the largest percentage increase (over 350%) over the period, but it still was nearly equal to Sweden in 2007.


Note: If you are going to use another term, i.e. carbon footprint, define it in the first paragraph.

The line graph compares the average amount of carbon dioxide released annually per person (also know as the individual's carbon footprint) in four different countries (The UK, Sweden, Italy and Portugal) over a 40-year period, 1967 to 2007.

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dirakP/s: I did read the links you shared and the author recommended not using verbs like see, experience, witness,... in task 1. However, I found one of them in a sample of Simon ( website Ielts Simon). What do you think about this? I'm confused.

I have advanced degrees in the sciences.
Task 1 is supposed to be written for a university lecturer in science, engineering or math.

Anthropomorphic verbs (verbs that express human activities) are not used in scientific publications. They are used in other contexts such as journalism, popular science writing for non-scientists, novels, history or other liberal arts subjects.

The web pages you are referring to are written by a very competent educator, but they are in a liberal arts field, not science and math.

A student can write excellent Task 1 essays without using anthropomorphic verbs, so I advise to avoid using them. It will be good preparation for a student whose goal is a degree in the sciences.