IELTS Graph Tutorial: Writing a Complex Sentence

Learn how to write a complex sentence for an IELTS line graph. It is common to be given a line graph to describe the main trends of the lines. This video tutorial shows you step by step how to write a complex sentence structure of over 25 words.

If you are aiming for band score 6 or above, you need to use complex sentences for your line graph description. This lesson will help you learn what information to put in your complex sentence. The complex sentence in this lesson is typical of a sentence used in a body paragraph. Transcript

Hello in this lesson, I’m gonna show you how to write complex sentence for a line graph. I’m gonna show you that it not so difficult you can easily write a long sentence with at least 25 words in it. Now this is the graph we’re going
to use this is typical for IELTS writing task 1. Next to the line graph you can see there is some writing. This writing is a description of the graph and IELTS will always give you this description. You need to read it carefully because it contains all the information you need to know about the graph. Lets have a look… the graph shows  To read more of the transcript, click here

Sentence Content

  • subject
  • verb
  • adverb
  • difference of amounts
  • numbers
  • dates

All sentences in the body paragraphs should be complex and must be supported by data. This means the sentences must have numbers and dates if you wish to get a high score.

IELTS Video: How to Write a Complex Sentence

How to form a complex sentence structure for IELTS writing task 1 line graph.



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  1. Elizabeth W. says:

    Hi Liz,

    Thank you very much for your dedication to helping students who are preparing to take the ielts exam.

    This video lesson is no more available, could you please check on that for us? Thank you

  2. Hi Liz,

    Your video link for writing complex sentences for line graph is missing. Can you please suggest an alternate source/link because I am totally relying on your web content for my upcoming IELTS test as it is very precise, comprehensive and easy to understand and practice.

    Thank You,
    Best Regards.

  3. can i know the layout for map,flow chart, table and process.

  4. Hello Liz,

    This videos says it can’t be played because it’s private. Am I temporarily having an error? or is it actually not supposed to be played? Please check and thank you 🙂

  5. Minn Thiha Soe says:

    Try Hard

  6. Hello Liz,

    I wanted to ask you about the video above, which was supposed to be about the use of complex vocabulary. Unfortunately I was unable to watch it since it says that this video is for private use. But from the posts above I can see that students were actually able to watch it online. So, could you tell me if you had changed the option for private use of there is sth wrong with my browser. If yes it is private, can you tell me if there is anyway I could still watch it?

  7. Hello, Liz . thanks for your wonderful explanations , please can you help how to listen your video ,how to write a complex sentence .

    • Sorry, I have removed this video in order to film it again. Meanwhile you can watch the 4 main sentences video.
      All the best

  8. Hi Liza
    Thank you for your great efforts, we highly appreciate that.
    do you have a complete course for IELTS?
    so we can purchase it or attend it in UK.
    Kind regards

  9. Hi Liz,
    Greetings from Bangladesh ! I must say this is a very informative blog for all levels of people practicing IELTS at home. But in this video, you have placed 2000 erroneously, in between 2009 and 2010 in x-axis. Otherwise everything is okay.
    All the best.

  10. Hi Liz.
    Can I put this information in the introduction?

    • This information is for the body paragraphs which contain the detail. Please see my model task 1 on the writing task 1 page.

  11. Hi Liz,

    Not to be rude, in your clip, I saw you used “the amount of people” to rephrased “the number of people” in the description. Is there any explanation for it?

    Many thanks!

    • Hi Thanh, I’ve been meaning to remove this video and replace it. While some people use “amount ” relating to people (it is increasingly common these days), there are examiners who won’t accept it so I must remove it. Sorry, for the confusion.

  12. Trinh Xuan Kien says:

    your lesson is very interesting . do you have lesson for both of bar chart pie chart . thanks

  13. Hi Liz,

    Can I write ” The amount of people decided to start a vegetarian diet ” rather than ” The amount of people deciding to start a vegetarian diet “??
    Thank you so much.

  14. Hello Liz,
    Its a wonderful site to learn and prepare for IELTS.It would be grateful if you could help me in clarifying some doubts which I have in your lessons.I do have a dilemma whether to use “amount” to indicate people and the other one is ” units are measured”[though it happened in the past years 2000].Please explain how could it be possible.

    • It is best not to use “amount” with people. “Units are measured in ” is always written in the present passive because it refers to the current graph seen on the page.
      All the best

  15. Hi Liz,
    The complex sentence you taught in the line graph is quiet intresting but i have been wondering on where to incorporate it in the writing ,because in the overview, we cannot start giving figures and i know it is not for the body paragraphs.Eassy one does not permit include conclusion so that leaves out the paraphrased introduction as the only option if am right. Now do we start including this figures in our introduction.

    • Hi,

      That’s right, there is no data usually given in an overview unless there is a total to give, for example in a table. In the body, however, you must give detail and support the sentences with data. For a line graph, the detail will be information about the changes that occurred over the given period. So, the sentence from this video is for the body paragraphs. Here is a link to previous lesson which shows how the detail would be written using such similar sentence structures:
      All the best

  16. thanks a lot

  17. That helps me much. Do you have lesson for bar charts because I have problem with it?

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