The bar chart plots the proportion of males and females who are overweight in Australia in 20 years period starting from 1980.

Overall, the percentage of men who are overweight are significantly higher than that of women. From 1980 to 2000 the percentage of both genders shown an upward trend, though it is more noticeable in the percentage of men.

Starting out at nearly 47% in 1980, the percentage of overweight men increased slightly to 51% in 1990. Subsequently, the percentage then showed a precipitous rise to 70% in 2000, almost 1,5 times higher than that of women in the same year and its starting value, before dipping a little by the end of the period (roughly 68%).

As to women, the percentage initially stood at 30%, before going up by 10% in 1990 and kept that growth pattern by 2000, 50 %. By the end of the period, the percentage then remained constant, less than approximately 1,3 times when compared with men in the meantime.

The bar chart plots the proportion of males and females who were are overweight in Australia in 20 years period (Incorrect phrase. The number 20 is wrong too.

Natural time phrases are:

- over a thirty-year period
- in the period from 1980 to 2010

But these expressions are for continuous plots, that is, line graphs.

This is not a line graph. It shows the values at 4 discrete times. So for the bar chart use

- every decade from 1980 to 2010
- at ten-year intervals from 1980 to 2010

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starting from 1980.

Overall, At every measurement point, the percentage of men who were are overweight is are significantly higher than that of women. From 1980 to 2000 the percentages increased of both genders shown (wrong form) an upward trend, though it is more pronounced noticeable in the percentage of men.

Starting out at nearly 47% in 1980, the percentage of overweight men increased slightly to 51% in 1990. Subsequently, it the percentage (Use pronouns to avoid repetition) then showed a precipitous (Use numbers, not dramatic descriptive words.) twenty-point rise to 70% in 2000, when it was almost 1,5 times higher than that of women in the same year and its starting value. It decreased slightly, before dipping a little by the end of the period (roughly 68%).

As to for women, the percentage initially stood at 30%, before going up by 10% in 1990. It continued to grow until kept that growth pattern by 2000, 50% or 60% higher than it was in 1980. At the turn of the century, the majority of Australian men and half of the women were overweight, and the situation did not change at the final measurement point, 2010. While the proportion of overweight men dropped about 2 points, there was no change for the women. . By the end of the period, the percentage then remained constant, less than approximately 1,3 times when compared with men in the meantime.

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Tran Tung DangI also realize that the English that I've been learning at school is so wrong.

Maybe it is not wrong. Please ask questions.

I'm sorry. I don't understand these sentences:

It decreased slightly, before dipping a little by the end of the period (roughly 68%). (1)

It continued to grow until 2000, 50% or 60% higher than it was in 1980 (2)


(1) I know that dip means decrease but is it necessary to put two of them in one sentence.

(2) from my observation, it was 50%, 20% higher than it was in 1980

Tran Tung Dang(1) I know that dip means decrease but is it necessary to put two of them in one sentence.

No. You can write a simpler sentence. This sentence describes two different actions.

1. decreasing slightly

2. dipping (another slight decrease)

It decreased slightly, before dipping a little by the end of the period (roughly 68%). (1)

Simpler sentences:

It dipped a little by the end of the period.
It decreased slightly by the end of the period.

Tran Tung Dang(2) from my observation, it was 50%, 20% higher than it was in 1980

It depends on whether you are speaking of relative increases or absolute increases.

20 percentage points higher = 50 points (in 2010) - 30 points (in 1990) = 20 points (absolute)

60 percent higher = 30 points (in 1990) + 60% X 30 (18 points) = 58 points (a relative increase of 60%) This tells the reader about increase relative to the starting value. A doubling is a 100% increase.

For example, if it started out at 25% and ended at 50%, the value will have doubled, or increased 100%.

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