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    The consumption of agricultual water was more than the last year.

    1-The consumption of agricultual water was more than the previous year.

    2-Agricultural water consumption was more than the the previous year.

    3-The water used by agriculture was more than the previous year.

    Do they mean the same and which one seem natural?
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    Re: The consumption of agricultual water was more than the last year.

    Did you write these sentences? Is this an IELTS writing task?
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    Re: The consumption of agricultual water was more than the last year.

    mrmvp, I have changed your thread title. Titles should be unique and relevant to the thread. (Also, you misspelled "paraphrasing".)
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 15-Jul-2019 at 06:23.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: The consumption of agricultual water was more than the last year.

    If you are referring to the water consumption for this year, why do you use the past tense?

    I would say: consumption is higher.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: The consumption of agricultual water was more than the last year.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Did you write these sentences? Is this an IELTS writing task?

    Yes I did. I want to know how to paraphrase the question for the IELTS exam. If I use the same question in my answer, I will lose marks.

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    Re: The consumption of agricultual water was more than the last year.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    If you are referring to the water consumption for this year, why do you use the past tense?

    I would say: consumption is higher.

    No, I am not referring to this year. The question is about agricultual water consumption in the past so I cannot change the tense from past to present. I do not know if the sentences I wrote were correct or not. Thank you

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    Re: The consumption of agricultual water was more than the last year.

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    Yes I did. I want to know how to paraphrase the question for the IELTS exam.
    What are you paraphrasing exactly? What you're saying here is not part of the task rubrik, so you don't need to paraphrase. Or are you talking only about the noun phrase consumption of agricultural water?

    Tell us exactly what you're trying to paraphrase.

    (Use the previous year, not the last year.)

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    Re: The consumption of agricultual water was more than the last year.

    Thank you so much.

    I am trying to paraphrase simple sentences or phrases like my first post ( I hope you check if the sentences correct or not.) sometimes i became confused about the arrangement between nouns and adjectives.


    The statement I should paraphrase is

    "The pie charts give information about the water used for residential, industrial and agricultural purposes in San Diego County, California, and the world as a whole."


    I paraphrased it to

    "The graphs depict the water consumption in in two states, California and San Diego county compared to worldwide consumption in three different categories , agriculture, industry and residential."

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    Thank you again.
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    Re: The consumption of agricultual water was more than the last year.

    Ted, in future, kindly refrain from replying before the requested source has been given.

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    Re: The consumption of agricultual water was more than the last year.

    If possible, take a photo of the chart and post it below.

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