1. Complete the sentences with the most appropriate tense of the verbs in brackets.

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1. The figures for UK households (remain) fairly steady between 2000 and 2002 then (begin; increase). By 2007. UK household wealth (rise) from £4.500 billion to just under £7000 billion.

2. Between 2000 and 2007, both the government and household wealth (show) positive figures that gradually (increase) over time.

3. While both the household and government net wealth (drop) significantly in 2008, the government's net worth (fall) so much that it actually (go) into negative figures in 2010.

4. Between 2000 and 2010, the total net worth of the UK (follow) a similar pattern to that of the households and the government.

5. Although the net worth of businesses in the country (improve) from 2000 to 2002, this trend (not last) long and (begin; worsen) again only a year later.

6. From 2005 to 2007, although the rest of the country (experience) continued growth, the wealth of businesses (return) to the levels of 2000.

7. The data for the business community (reveal) the opposite trend to that of the rest of the country. At the same time that the wealth of households and the government (grow), the wealth of businesses }(decline).


2. Describe numbers and figures accurately

Another criterion the examiner will use to assess your writing is Grammar Range and Accuracy.

three and a half billion             a quarter           half             a third             one million dollars

3. A common problem for candidates is in deciding whether or not a noun or a number should have a final ‘s’.

4. Replace the relevant numerals in the following sentences with the correct word from the box.

in          of          to          for          from

5. Accuracy in vocabulary includes using the correct spelling.