You have 48 hours to suggest an opening sentence for this Academic Task 1 response!

(This model Academic Task 1 answer was written in response to a question seen on an IELTS exam held in Ireland in April of 2012.  Please leave your suggestion as a comment to this post.)

___________Insert your sentence here!____________.  Consumption for all countries varied between 1800 and 3350 calories and the differences seen do not appear to be sensitive to continent.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the country with the highest caloric intake was the United States, with a staggering 3350 calories consumed per day on average.  Not far behind was New Zealand, where people consumed about 3200 calories per day during the year in question.  Intakes for Spain and Mexico were slightly higher than 2500 calories per day.  On the lower side of the spectrum were countries like China, at 2200 daily calories, India, as 2100 daily calories, and Somalia and Indonesia, both at roughly 1800 calories per day.  When comparing the highest and lowest values, it appears as though Americans in 2003 ingested almost twice as much food as Indonesians.

The values presented in this graph are thought to be reflective of the diet, lifestyle and culture of each country.

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49 Responses to You have 48 hours to suggest an opening sentence for this Academic Task 1 response!

  1. Henry says:

    The chart shows the average caloric intake in 2003,

  2. kiran says:

    The given bar graph depicts that, average calorie intake in eight selected countries in the year 2003.

  3. Anthony Hara, Ielts Instructor says:

    The bar chart compares the average number of calories people ate each day in eight countries in 2003.

  4. lead says:

    The data describe the average consumption of calories in 2003 among eight different countries, namely: United States, India, Somalia, New Zealand, China, Spain, Indonesia, and Mexico.

  5. Kiendung Nguyen says:

    As is shown by the table, there was the average of caloric intake by the representative countries of continents in 2003.

  6. Barnabas Michael says:

    The topic sentence for the data: The rate of consumption within some countries.
    The opening sentence: Calories consumed varies within countries.

  7. Alla says:

    People may differ not only with their nationality and religion but also food culture that is represented in the given diagram.

  8. Sharifah says:

    The graph illustrates the average calorie intake in eight countries, namely, United States, India, New Zealand, Somalia, China, Spain, Mexico and Indonesia in the year 2003.

  9. Marinella says:

    The bar chart details the average caloric consumption per day during year 2003 in a representative sample of eight countries from United States to Indonesia.

  10. Puja says:

    The bar graph illustrates global variation in average daily calorie consumptions across eight nations in 2003.

  11. Bahga says:

    The graph illustrate the average calories had been consumed in eight different countries in 2003.

  12. erynn says:

    The chart illustrates average caloric intake in 8 countries for the year 2003.

  13. Anonymous says:

    the above drawn graph shows the intake of calories by the people of different continents

  14. palwinder grewal says:

    the above chart shows the intake of calories in different 8 countries in 2003

  15. christina says:

    The bar chart illustrates the average calorie which was consumed in eight different countries in 2003.

  16. Seham says:

    The graph reflects the average calories consumed among different eight countries , the US, India ,New Zealand,Somalia,China,Spain,Mexico and Indonesia in 2003 in 500s calories.

  17. Maram says:

    1/ The chart compars the average of calories that consumed in eight different countries around the world in 2003.

    2/ The bar chart shows the avrage of consumption calories in some countries in 2003.

  18. Neda says:

    The bar chart provides information about the calorie consumption in eight different countries over a one yaer period, in 2003.

  19. min says:

    The graph illustrate the average protein consumed during 2003 in eight different countries.

  20. Anonymous says:

    The bar graph compares the average caloric intake of eight different countries in 2003.

  21. jv says:

    The bar graph compares the average caloric intake of eight different countries in 2003.

  22. neha handa says:

    The bar graph portrays the average consumption of calories by residents of eight different countries in the year 2003

  23. setareh says:

    The bar chart indicates the average consumption of caleries in eight selected countries, namely:United States,India,New Zealand,Somalia,China,Spain,Mexico and Indonesia in 2003.

  24. Kulsoom says:

    The graph shows average caloric intakes across different continents in the year 2003.

  25. like says:

    The bar chart compares people who live in eight countries consume average caloric in 2003.

  26. jv says:

    The bar chart compares the average caloric intake of the eight different countries in 2003

  27. Pisces says:

    The bar chart describes average calorie consumption in eight different countries in 2003.

  28. Pisces says:

    Correction : The bar chart describes average calorie consumption among eight different countries in 2003.

  29. lexie says:

    The bar diagram shows the average calories taken by people of 8 different countries in the year of 2003.

  30. Paritosh Gupta says:

    The bar chart above describes mean calories intake per day by the people of some countries.

  31. Sarah says:

    The bar charts depict the average amount of calories consumed in eight selected countries in the year2003.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Some people believe that teenager should do unpaid work in their leisure time in the local community.
    It is advantageous for both teenager and society.
    DO you agree or disagree ?

    Writing task 2 , General Training exam on 26 May 2012 Melbourne Australia

  33. The bar chart illustrates the average calories recorded in eight different countries in the 2003 intake.

  34. Ryan says:

    @Henry Please finish with a full stop instead of a comma. Your suggestion would be better if it pointed out that the data is talking about several countries (as opposed to cities, people, …).

    @Kiran Your response is awkward. Why is there a comma after ‘that’?

    @Anthony Flawless.

    @Lead OK, but watch your grammar: ‘describes’.

    @Kiendung That sentence is very awkward.

    @Barnabas Your topic sentence is a sentence fragment.

    @Alla That sounds like a sentence fit to open an essay. Here, we need a description of what we see in the source.

    @Sharifah Don’t forget ‘the’ before ‘United States’.

    @Marinella That sentence is awkward and grammatically incorrect.

    @Puja OK

    @Bahga Your sentence is awkward and grammatically incorrect. But you are on the right track. Try: ‘The graph illustrates the average number of calories consumed in eight different countries in 2003.’

    @Erynn Flawless.

    @Anonymous That sentence does not start with a capital letter, nor does it finish with a full stop!

    @Palwinder The same goes for you!

    @Christina Try this: …number of calories which were consumed…

    @Seham Please watch the spacing between your commas. What is the ‘500s calories’ about?

    @Maram Both of your sentences are unfortunately awkward. Try something like: ‘The bar chart shows the average number of calories consumed in a handful of countries in 2003.’

    @Neda Aside from the small typo, your sentence looks pretty good.

    @Min Don’t forget the ‘s’ at the end of ‘illustrates’ (this is important!). Why are you writing about ‘protein’?

    @JV Flawless.

    @Neha OK

    @Setareh There are spacing issues with your commas, a spelling error and don’t forget ‘the’ in front of ‘United States’.

    @Kulsoom The graph isn’t really divided into ‘continents’, but aside from this your sentence looks pretty good.

    @Like Your sentence is awkward.

    @JV Where is your full stop? Your sentence looks good, but I would take out the article ‘the’.

    @Pisces Flawless.

    @Lexie The calories are not ‘taken’ but rather ‘consumed’, ‘ingested’ or ‘eaten’.

    @Paritosh Your sentence looks good, but I would change ‘mean calories intake’ to ‘mean caloric intake’.

    @Sarah There is only one chart.

    @Bakary The data source does not show the calories that were ‘recorded’, but rather the calories that were ‘consumed’. You need to move the word ‘intake’ from the end of your sentence and inject it where it belongs mid-sentence. Try something like: ‘The bar chart illustrates the average caloric intake recorded among eight countries in 2003.’

  35. setareh says:

    Thanks for your correction.What do you mean with ;there are spacing issues with the cammas.Can i ask you to explain a bit more,please?

  36. priya says:

    The bar graph depicts the average caloric consumption in eight different countries in the year of 2003

  37. Bahga says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Thank you for your correction.Did you mean by grammatically error the use of perfect tense?

  38. Nisha Gurung says:

    The graph shows the caloric intake of 8 different countries in the year 2003 in an average.

    🙂

  39. agus says:

    The bar chart presents the number of of calories intake from eight different countries in 2003

  40. agus says:

    The bar chart indicates the number of average calorie intakes based on eight different countries during 2013

  41. nita says:

    the bar chart show the number of averge calorie intake of different eight countries in 2003

  42. Beulah says:

    The given vertical bar chart clearly illustrates the average calorie consumption by eight different countries during the year 2003.

  43. Anonymous says:

    This is a bar graph which shows the average intake of calories in 2003 in eight different countries having various ways of lifestyles, diets and cultures.

  44. Marian Henry says:

    This is a bar graph which shows the average intake of calories in eight different countries, in 2003, having various diets, lifestyles and cultures.

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  46. ankur says:

    The bar chart graphically outlines average intake of calories amongst people of eight different countries in the year 2003.

  47. ioannis says:

    This bar chart depicts the daily calories consumption per capita in 2003, across some countries worldwide.

  48. Ranjeet Singh says:

    This graph shows Average Calorie Intake by people of 8 countries in the year 2003.

  49. Samina Roohi says:

    The bar chart shows the variations of consumed calories among eight countries in 2003

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