# IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 – Common mistakes practice

Being able to use appropriate vocabularies, presenting the main trend, comparing & contrasting data and presenting the logical flow of the graph ensure a high band score in your Academic IELTS writing task 1. Before completing these tasks, please check out the rules and the differences of usage IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 – Common mistakes

## 1. Amount vs number

#### Task 1.1. Complete the gaps choosing between **amount** and **number**

**amount**

**number**

- She reduced the ______ of hours she works each week in order to take care of her elderly mother.
- You should only eat a small ______ of sugar each day.
- Think of a ______ and multiply it by four.
- Is that a good ______ of olive oil to put in the salad, or is it too much?
- The ______ of time he spent at work every Saturday was worth it when he was rewarded with a year-end bonus.
- The ______ of time and effort required to learn another language is considerable.
- An enormous ______ of work went into the project.
- Combined, my salary and my husband’s salary ______ to about $6,000 per month.
- The ______ of languages spoken in London is astonishing.
- The ______ of people with college degrees has been increasing over the last few years.
- Please pay the full ______ (=of money) by the end of the month.
- I was expecting 20 people at the party, but a ______ of my friends cancelled at the last minute.
- Jonathan worked for a ______ of different companies before finally finding one he liked.
- Madonna’s fans ______ in the millions.
- We’ve had an enormous ______ of help from people.
- The crowd at last night’s football game ______

Answers

- number
- amount
- number
- amount
- amount
- amount
- amount
- amount
- number
- number
- amount
- number
- number
- number
- amount
- numbered

**Task 1.2. Choose the most suitable option**

- In the United States, the average __________ of children per family is 1.87.
- amount
- number
- amounts
- numbers

- Cathy felt an unbelievable __________ of anger on learning she’d been lied to.
- amount
- number
- amounts
- numbers

- You wouldn’t believe the __________ time I spend answering email.
- amount to
- amount of
- number in
- number of

- The people in the stadium __________ the tens of thousands.
- numbered
- numbered of
- numbered in
- numbered to

Answers

1. B 2. A 3. B 4. C

## 2. Percent vs percentage vs percentages vs proportion

#### Task 2.1. Complete the gaps choosing between *percent* vs *percentage *vs *percentages *vs *proportion*

- Overall, a greater
of British people gave money to charity in 2000 than in 2015.**percentage/percentages** - The data shows the difference between the
of male and female employees doing part-time jobs.**percent/percentages** - The higher
reported above may present two major risks.*percentages/proportion* - Recommends approval provided the
are reasonable and fixed.*proportions/percentages* - In 2000, 42
of the female group made charitable donations.*proportion/percent* - A comparison with previous years can thus only be made on the basis of
.*proportion/***p**ercentages - Going out to restaurants decreased dramatically to 7
.**percent/percents** - Proposals with concrete numbers are listed from lowest to highest
.*percent/percentages* - The dependent variables for the linear regression models are the
of expected corn and soybean production forward priced.**percent/percentages** - A small
of graduates are self-employed.*proportion/percent* - The graph shows that the
of 15 to 30-year-olds who are theatre-goers is higher than other groups.*percentage/percent*

Answers

- percentage
- percentages
- percentages
- percentages
- %
- percentages
- %
- percentages
- percentages
- proportion
- percentage

## 3. Million vs millions

#### Task 3.1. Fill the gaps in choosing between singular and plural forms.

- Disney has sold more than four
movies through iTunes.**million/millions** - Ukraine harvested thirty-four
tons of grain.**million/millions** - I had to study for a few
hours to get my degree.**thousand/thousands** - He has earned
of dollars this year.**thousand/thousands** - More than three
million people live in the United States.**hundred/hundreds** of TV viewers are following Netflix.**Million/millions**- Munich is about six
kilometers from Berlin.**hundred/hundreds** - They spent
of dollars on the project.**million/millions** of people showed up at the march.**Million/millions**- There are over eight
people on the planet.**billion/billions**

Answers

- million
- million
- thousand
- thousands
- hundred
- Millions
- hundred
- millions
- Millions
- billion

## 4. Proportion vs figure vs number vs amount

#### Task 4.1. Complete the gaps choosing between (each of them could be used twice)

**The figure for x2****The proportion of x2****The number of x2****amounted to x2****outnumbered x2****numbered x2**

- EU migrants _________ around 75,000 in November 2015 and rose steadily until June 2018.
- _________ EU citizens who arrived in the UK a year after Brexit
**_________**approximately 80,000. **_________**EU migrants rose steadily from January 2015 to July 2018.**_________**Non-EUmigrants**_________**slightly over 150,000 by September 2018.- Non-EU migrants
**_________**EU migrants throughout the whole 15 year period. - _________ Non-EU citizens that arrived in the UK a year prior to Brexit,
**_________**those for the period a year after Brexit. - EU citizens who left the UK in the year following the vote
**_________**151,000. - _________ people leaving the UK before and after Brexit were almost equal.
**_________**Non-EU migrants in October 2013 amounted to 250,000.

Answers

- numbered
- The proportion of …amounted to
- The number of
- The figure for …amounted to
- outnumbered
- The number of…outnumbered
- numbered
- The figures for
- The proportion of

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