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Describing graphs

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In the English-speaking business world you may have to discuss the information on graphs. Here we take a look at some of the vocabulary we use to describe graph trends.

Going Up

  • rose
  • increased
  • went up
  • grew

Going Down

  • decreased
  • fell
  • dropped
  • declined

No Change

  • stayed the same
  • remained constant
  • levelled off
  • stabilised

Up and Down

  • fluctuated
  • zig-zagged
  • fluttered
  • undulated

Small Changes - Adjectives / Adverbs

  • gently
  • gradually
  • slightly
  • steadily

Big Changes - Adverbs / Adjectives

  • suddenly
  • sharply
  • dramatically
  • steeply
  • a lot

Low Points

  • bottomed out
  • reached a low

Now match the graphs to the correct definitions by using the numbers of each graph:

 

 

 

  • Sales bottomed out in May.
  • Sales levelled off from July.
  • Sales rose steadily over the year.
  • Sales peaked in June.
  • Sales remained the same.
  • Sales increased sharply from June.
  • Sales rose gradually through the year.
  • Sales fell steadily through over the year.