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What is a diagram?

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An English Diagram Description is just a description of a diagram. Through your description, you should allow a listener/reader to understand the statements of the diagram without looking at it. A big trick in describing diagrams lies in the tense form: Now, if the diagram is about present facts, you have to use the Simple Present, if the facts are in the past, the Simple Past should be used and if there is a relation between past and present, then Present Perfect. However, before you start writing, you should think about an introduction.

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English Diagram description: Introduction

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In an English Diagram description, you have to first describe what diagram type it is and what the topic of the diagram is all about. Next, you will continue to describe the diagram by mentioning how many bars, columns, or pie pieces present. You will then describe the source in more detail, with the information from the publication, the author and the publication date. After which you can start with the main part.


An example sentence:

The “Diagram Type” chart is about …. The chart is divided into “Number” parts and was published in the “Puplication”, designed by “Author”, on “Date”.

  • Diagram Type = The type of diagram (columns, bars, pies …)
  • … = Describe what the diagram should illustrate
  • Number = number of columns / bars / pie pieces
  • Author = author
  • Date = the date of publication (September 20th, 2017)
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English Diagram description: main part

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In the main part of your diagram description, you will  describe the diagram and follow conclusions from the diagram. However, without an interpretation or self-opinion. To be able to implement this perfectly in the future, you will have to follow a few questions, which you can answer in your perfect English diagram description, only with the helpful words.


What are the things that must be in the main part of a diagram description!

What is most available?

  • The largest number of “Content & Origin”. There are “number”
  • … has the second largest number of …


What can be deduced from the diagram?

  • … is twice as big as …
  • It highlights …
  • more than … per cent …


What is least available?

  • Moreover, the chart shows that there are only …
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English Diagram description: conclusion

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In your conclusion, you must now explain your conclusion from the main part and present it definitively. After that, you are done with the description of your diagram.


Hint for the conclusion

  • So we can say that …
  • there are more than “percentage” per cent of …
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What to consider in an English Diagram description!

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In an English Diagram description, there is only one point, which you have to consider and although you may, neither in the description, nor in the conclusion, bring your own opinion. So do not express your own opinion.

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Helpful words for an English Diagram description

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Diagram types

bar graph

pie chart

line graph


Other helpful words

The slices of the pie chart compare the ...
The chart is divided into ... parts.
only one third ...
less than half ...
horizontal axis
vertical axis
The number ... increases/goes up/grows by ...
The number ... does not change/remains stable
So we can say ...
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About me

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Hey, formerly I thought that learning languages was an innate one. Either you can speak English perfectly or not and no matter how much you learn – “I do not write a good grade in English anyway.” But I quickly learned that you do not know everything in your mother tongue.


After a while, I gave myself one last chance to learn English. Only this time I limited myself to the essential points.

That meant for me verbs: the form – examples – signal words & the usage

This method enabled me to learn English faster than ever before.


Since then I know that learning to talk is not innate. And through that realization, my vision has become to offer other students the opportunity to learn English,just like I did back then. Now I ask you to help me by sharing this article with your friends! Thanks a lot!


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