Adverbs Describing Degree of Change [IELTS Writing Task 1/Vocabulary]

IELTS Writing Task 1 gives you a chart or a diagram. Then, it asks you to write an essay with at least 150 words to describe the given chart. That’s why we need to add more words related to figures and trends to our vocabulary. Do you know that there can be a lot of adverbs describing degree of change?

In this article, we will give you full information about such words. This will help you know more different words you can use in your writings. That can bring you closer to achieving lexical resource points – which accounts for 25% of total points. At the end of the article, we will share some tips that can help you remember these words. With those tips, you don’t have to worry about forgetting vocabulary due to exam stress.

1. What makes eJOY’s list of adverbs describing the degree of change different

Instead of giving you a list of words with their meanings, we’ve been working hard to put in other necessary information. We also give you some examples of how you can use these words. Putting these words and phrases in certain context will help you recognize the differences between them. As a result, you will remember them more easily. This table includes:

  • Pronunciation

If you know how to write words, but don’t know how to pronounce them you will still easily forget those words, and won’t be able to use them in formal presentations or even in daily conversations. That would definitely be a waste.

  • English definition

When we learn new English words, we tend to look up for only the meaning in our mother tongue. That habit is bad for the language learning process, as you can only learn English with your first language mindset. That would be a major block to making your lexicon broader and knowing how to use words.

It’s important to remember that Vietnamese and English are two different languages coming from different cultures. It can be hard to fully understand the meaning of a word and use them fluently. To be able to do that, you should learn both English definition and your mother tongue meaning.

Adverbs Describing Degree of Change
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  • Corresponding adjectives

Here we included a column of adjectives that correspond to the adverbs describing rate of change. Knowing them, you can change sentence structures more flexibly. That will prevent your essay from being boring.

  • Examples

The final column of the table includes examples of how to use these words. This part helps you use the words correctly and naturally like native speakers. So don’t miss this important section.

2. Adverbs describing degree of change

Degree of 


No. Adverbs Pronunciation English definition Corresponding adjectives Examples
Very extensive change 1 sharply UK /ˈʃɑː

US /ˈʃɑː

in a way that is sudden and very noticeable sharp rise/fall sharply

1) Inflation has risen sharply.

2) Dealer sales fell sharply in August.

2 dramatically UK /drəˈmæt.ɪ.kəl.i/ US /drəˈmæt̬.ɪ.kəl.i/ suddenly or obviously dramatic The economic power of many Asian countries has grown dramatically in recent years.
3 enormously UK /ɪˈnɔː.mə US /əˈnɔːr.mə extremely or very much enormous The currency had been enormously inflated: the paper dollar was worth only 34 cents; gold was at $280/ounce.
4 tremendously UK /trəˈmendəsli/

US /trəˈmendəsli/

extremely; very much tremendous tremendously expensive house
5 steeply UK /ˈstiː

US /ˈstiː

suddenly and by a large amount steep rise/climb/increase steeply 
Companies are cutting back at a time when costs are rising steeply.
6 strikingly UK /ˈstraɪ.kɪŋ.li/

US /ˈstraɪ.kɪŋ.li/

in a way that attracts attention by reason of being unusual, extreme, or prominent. striking ‘the stories strikingly illustrate the creative power of the imagination’
Extensive change 7 remarkably UK /rɪˈmɑː.kə.bli/

US /rɪˈmɑːr.kə.bli/

used for emphasizing how surprising or unusual something is remarkable It is a remarkably noisy and crowded city.
8 considerably UK /kənˈsɪd.ər.ə.bəli/

US /kənˈsɪd.ɚ.ə.bəli/

by a notably large amount or to a notably large extent; greatly. considerable ‘things have improved considerably over the last few years’
9 significantly UK /sɪɡˈnɪf.ɪ.kə

US /sɪɡˈnɪf.ə.kə

in a way that is easy to see or by a large amount significant Employment levels are unlikely to rise significantly before the end of next year.
10 substantially UK /səbˈstæn.ʃəl.i/

US /səbˈstæn.ʃəl.i/

to a large degree substantial House prices have risen substantially over the last six months.
11 relatively UK /ˈrel.ə.tɪ US /ˈrel.ə.t̬ɪ Regarded in comparison with something else rather than absolutely;  quite relative ‘the site was cheap and relatively clean’
Average change 12 noticeably UK /ˈʊ.tɪ.sə.bəli/

US /ˈnoʊ.t̬ɪ.sə.bəli/

in a way that is easy to see or notice; clearly or definitely noticeable Her hand was shaking noticeably.
13 markedly UK /ˈmɑːkɪdli/

US /ˈmɑːrkɪdli/

in a way that is easy to notice marked This year’s sales have risen markedly.
14 moderately UK /ˈmɒdərətli/

US /ˈmɑːdərətli/

to an average extent; fairly but not very moderate moderately successful career/ She only did moderately well in the exam.
Small change 15 slightly UK /ˈslaɪtli/

US /ˈslaɪtli/

a little slight The pound rose slightly against the dollar today, then settled at $1.53.
16 partly UK /ˈpɑː

US /ˈpɑː

to some degree, but not completely partial The hot weather is partly to blame for the water shortage.
17 hardly UK /ˈhɑː

US /ˈhɑː

only just; almost not: Hardly a day passes that I don’t think about it.
18 minimally UK /ˈmɪnɪməli/

US /ˈmɪn·ə·mə·li/

to a small degree minimal We specialize in organic and minimally processed foods.
19 barely UK /ˈbeə.li/

US /ˈ

just; certainly not more than (a particular amount, age, time, etc.) Barely 50% of the population voted.
20 scarcely UK /ˈskeəsli/

US /ˈskersli/

only just; almost not I was scarcely able to move my arm after the accident.
21 marginally UK /ˈmɑː.dʒɪ.nəl.i/ US /ˈmɑːr.dʒɪ.nəl.i/ slightly marginal marginally more expensive


3. How can you remember these adverbs?

To master adverbs describing degree of change, you need to:

  • Write them down in your notebook
  • Practice constructing sentences with those adverbs
  • Repeat the word learning process until you can use them fluently

However, this process might not be simple for some of you. Being too busy with work and have too little time might be the main reasons. Or maybe, you get discouraged by the boring and seemingly never-ending note taking process.

Let me share with you a very useful tip. With technology developments these days, you are just one click away from all of these steps.

4. My 4 steps of enhancing IELTS vocabulary

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  • Step 2 – Select the new words, double click on them or click and drag to look up for your mother tongue and English definitions.
  • Step 3 – Click +Add to save the words with the suitable meaning in your online Wordbook.
  • Step 4 – Play games with those words regularly.
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