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IELTS Table - Underground Railway System

by Wahyu

The table gives information about the underground railway systems in six cities

The table gives information about the underground railway systems in six cities


My name is Wahyu and I want to improve my English writing skills.

Can anyone help me to correct, comment, or review my writing?

This is the writing, and thank you.


The table provides information about the subway systems in six cities.

Based on the table, London subway is the oldest system from six cities and has the longest route, while Tokyo subway has the highest passengers per year (ppy). Los Angeles subway is the newest system and Kyoto has fewer passengers.

London subway opened in 1863 and became the first subway system in the world, it has 394 km route and 775 million ppy. Tokyo subway opened in 1927 and now has 155 km route, this subway system has the highest passengers with 1.927 million ppy. Paris subway opened in 1900, this system has 199 km route with 1.191 million ppy.

Washington D.C subway opened 1975 with 126 km route and has 144 million ppy. Another subway from the same country, Los Angeles subway opened in 2001, it only has 28 km route and 50 million ppy. Another system that worth to mention is Kyoto subway, opened in 1981 and has the lowest passengers with only 45 million ppy.

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Sep 13, 2016
its my topic too and pretty confident with it
by: cez

First of all, I've noticed that you have contractions which is not allowed (as far as I know) in writing such as "ppy".

Secondly, you used the word "now" which is not correct because it is from the past, try to use simple past tense if its referring to a time element. Always remember not to use present tense.

Please study more on transitional words and pay attention to the trend which you lack in writing task 1.

And most importantly you don't have a conclusion which is very important in every writing task.

PLS READ samples as well.

Sep 13, 2016
by: IELTS buddy

Actually you don't have to have a conclusion but you must have some kind of 'overview', which points out the major trend/s in the graph.

This could be placed as a conclusion but it could also go after the introduction.

Jan 29, 2017
by: Anonymous

You can use overall instead of conclusion?

Feb 02, 2017
overall instead of conclusion
by: IELTS buddy

Yes, you don't have to have a conclusion, but you must identify the main trend/s in the graph at some point.

Mar 19, 2017
compare and contrast
by: Anonymous

You have mentioned just factual information and didn't attempt to compare or analyse the data. That is what it should contain in part 2 or body that must have at least 5- 8 sentences.

Aug 26, 2017
pls review and correct my writing. thanks in advance...
by: Anonymous

The table provides the information about the underground railway systems in various cities (London, Paris, Tokyo, Washington DC, Kyoto and Los Angeles), including the date opened, length of route and passengers per year (in millions).

Overall, it can be seen that the underground railway systems in London, Paris and Tokyo, which are built in the early years, have more kilometers of route and have more passengers per annum as opposed to the cities such as Washington DC, Kyoto and Los Angeles, which are opened later.

The London underground, the first in the world, has the longest route at 394 kms and has 775 million commuters annually. Next, the Paris railway systems, has almost half in length but has a higher number of travelers than that of London. Built in 1927, the Tokyo underground is the most crowded at 1,921 million travelers yearly.

On the other hand, the underground system in Washington DC is almost 10 times less crowded than that of Tokyo. Kyoto railway system, built 5 years after that in Washington DC, has the shortest route and has the least number of commuters. The last one to open is that in Los Angeles and has fairly similar number of travelers as Kyoto’s. (201 words)

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