Aubrey Carter
"3 Keys IELTS Certified Coach"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today we teach you the most impressive paraphrases for increasing and decreasing trends on IELTS.

This vocabulary will help you not only on Writing Task 1, but also on Speaking and Writing Task 2.

We don’t want you to be confused and get lost when trying to think of parallels for things going up and down.

Practice today’s high level Vocabulary so you are ready on test day!

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How is this useful for Writing Task 2?

There is a good chance you’ll need to talk about something increasing or decreasing in popularity or as a problem.

  • Social media
  • The obesity epidemic
  • Unemployment
  • Telecommuting

This will be useful for anything that has changed over time.

Don’t use common band 6 words like “increase” and “decrease.”

Instead, use high level verbs and adverbs.

The amount of children utilizing social media has surged massively in the last decade.

You need to set yourself apart from other students.

This is a great way to do just that!

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#1: Increase

  • Surge and skyrocket: dramatic increase

The numbers surged massively.

The quantity of theater-goers skyrocketed dramatically.

This verb and adverb combination is impressive grammar.

It helps satisfy the Grammar score requirement of a variety of grammar structures.

#2: Decrease

  • Fall
  • Drop
  • Plunge

The verb plunge is particularly impressive.

Use this to describe a significant decrease.

Add an adverb like “markedly” to boost your Vocabulary scores!

Exports plunged markedly in 2016, dropping from 1.5 million to 50,000.

How to use these on IELTS Speaking

You will also be asked questions on IELTS Speaking regarding things that have become more or less popular.

These questions might be regarding:

  • Trends
  • Habits
  • Fashion
  • Education
  • Health
  • Economy

Use today’s vocabulary to bump up your Vocabulary score on IELTS Speaking.


There is a good chance you’ll need vocabulary for increasing and decreasing on the IELTS exam.

Avoid common, boring words for this.

Instead, use today’s high level verbs and adverbs.

This will boost your Speaking Vocabulary score.

Find a few IELTS Speaking questions and practice using these verbs!

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