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General Advice: Task 1 Academic – ‘its’ or ‘the’ lowest/highest

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General Advice: Task 1 Academic – ‘its’ or ‘the’ lowest/highest

It’s common to get graphs or tables that show movement over time, and for comparisons we always emphasise the lowest or highest numbers.

If there is more than one category, we usually do this in two ways:

  1. Compare a category to itself
  2. Compare one category to all the others

Look at the chart below:

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1.  To compare a category to itself, we use ITS + LOWEST/HIGHEST POINT

For example:  The figure for women rose by a quarter to 10000 in 2013, which was its highest point. (This is the highest for all the numbers for women over the period.)

2.  To compare one category to others, we use THE LOWEST/HIGHEST FIGURE or NUMBER IN THE CHART/GRAPH AS A WHOLE

For example:  The figure for men started the period at 2000, which was the lowest number in the chart as a whole. (This is lowest of all the numbers for BOTH men and women.)

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