Topic: The graph below shows the number of tourists visiting a particular Caribbean island between 2010 and 2017. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

The line chart compares and contrasts data on the changes in the number of visitors to a Caribbean island over an eight-year period, from 2010 to 2017.

In general, while staying on the island was the more preferred option for the first six years, that position was replaced by staying on cruise ships during the last two years. Moreover, the number of visitors opting for both choices experienced a considerable increase over the same period.

More specifically, there were 750,000 visitors who stayed on the island in 2010 and this figure remained stable until 2011. Subsequently, it doubled in 2013, at 1.5 million, and stayed constant for another 3 years. As regards those who stayed on cruise ships, after some fluctuations during the first three years, the figure for this option increased continuously from 2012 onwards. After equalling figures for visitors staying on the island in the middle of 2015, cruise ships became the most preferred choice until the end of the period and reached the highest level of exactly 2 million in 2017. The biggest difference in the number of visitors for these two categories in any one year was recorded in 2012, a margin of 1 million.

There were 1 million people visiting the island in 2010, and the number of visitors increased dramatically to 3.5 million in 2017, with the exception of 2016 when it remained at 2.75 million.

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The line chart (There are pie charts, eye charts, bar charts and flow charts. There is no such thing as a line chart. ) compares and contrasts data on the changes in (that is too wordy and unnatural) plots the number of visitors to a Caribbean island over an eight-year period, from 2010 to 2017. (You did not mention that there were three curves, or what categories they were. Your paragraph is incomplete.

In general, while staying on the island was the more preferred option (You did not mention this category in the first paragraph. The reader is very confused.) for the first six years, that position it was replaced by staying on cruise ships during the last two years. Moreover, the number of visitors opting for both choices experienced (wrong word. Numbers do not have experiences!) a considerable increase over the same period.

You need only one "detail" paragraph. Otherwise, your essay will be too long.

More specifically, there were 750,000 visitors who stayed on the island in 2010 and this figure (wrong word. ) remained constant / the same stable until 2011. Subsequently, it doubled in 2013, at 1.5 million, and stayed constant for another 3 years. As regards those who stayed on cruise ships, after some fluctuations (wrong word. There are no fluctuations on this graph.) during the first three years, the figure (wrong word. ) for this option increased continuously from 2012 onwards. After equalling figures (wrong word.) for visitors staying on the island in the middle of 2015, cruise ships became the most preferred choice until the end of the period and reached the highest level of exactly 2 million in 2017. The biggest difference in the number of visitors for these two categories in any one year was recorded in 2012, a margin of 1 million.

There were 1 million people visiting the island in 2010, and the number of visitors increased dramatically to 3.5 million in 2017, with the exception of 2016 when it remained at 2.75 million.


These numbers see, witness and have experiences, don't they? But is this suitable for a university lecture in science, engineering or math?

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Sample essay:

Essay plan:

Paragraph 1. Describe the line graph. Point out the three curves and what they measure. Do not mention any data values.

Paragraph 2. Pick out two or three significant points. This will answer the "main features" part of the task. Generally, we do not mention individual data values in the "overall" paragraph.

Paragraph 3. Pick out some interesting details. Focus on comparisons and data combinations.


Example (This is too long, over 220 words, but gives some ideas for phrases and sentences.)

The line graph gives the numbers of people who vacationed on a Caribbean island from 2010 to 2017. Three curves are plotted; those who stayed on the island, those who stayed on a cruise ship, and the total of all visitors.

Overall, the numbers of tourists steadily increased, so that there were three and a half times more at the end of the period compared to the beginning. Most of the increase was contributed by cruise ship passengers. Those who stayed on the island outnumbered those who came by ship for the first five years. After 2015, the opposite was true.

In detail, for the first three years, between a quarter and a half million people came on a cruise ship, far less than those who booked a hotel room on the island. In 2012, for example, over 80% of the tourists stayed on the island, 1.25 out of 1.5 million. From 2010 to 2013, the number of tourists in hotels increased by a factor of two, from three-quarters to 1.5 million. But afterwards, it plateaued at that value, with a slight dip of a quarter million in 2016. In contrast, from 2012 to 2017, the numbers of those who came on a cruise ship went up nearly in a straight line, from 0.25 to 2 million, representing an increase of about 350 thousand each year. In 2017, the majority of island's vacationers slept on cruise ships.