Writing Better Essays by Chris Baker and Ross Vermeer
Describing Visual Materials, page-56-58The following graph shows levels of corporate information technology expenditure in the USA from 1960 to the early years of the 21st century. As you can see,there was a dramatic increase in IT expenditure in the late 1990s...
Subject Verb Object
The following graph represents/illustrates an increase in...
The chart below shows/depicts changes in...
Figure 1.2 highlights the rate of...
Vocabulary for describing trends and data
Noun phrase Verb Adverb or adverbial clause
Levels of investment rose significantly during this period.
The percentage of... fell sharply/steadily.
Government spending continued at this rate.
A sharp/sudden/marginal rise/increase
A slight/continuous decline/reduction/fall
An unexpected fluctuation