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This is an IELTS writing task 1 sample answer essay showing the process by which carbonated drinks are made (also called a diagram essay).

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IELTS Essay Task 1: Carbonated Drinks

The diagram details the process by which carbonated drinks are produced. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that this 5 stage man-made process is comprised of the filtering of raw water and addition of carbon dioxide in the early steps, mixing with additional ingredients in the middle, and finally packaging it off to be sold.

At the beginning, raw water is cleaned by passing through a filter before water softener and chemicals are added. The clean water is then pumped into a heater and is eventually sent through a cooling pipe to the pivotal stage where carbon dioxide is introduced to create the carbonated effect.

From there, the carbonated water is mixed with colouring, syrup and flavours and filtered again prior to bottling and canning. The finished drinks are then boxed up and sent to supermarkets for retail.

Analysis

1. The diagram details the process by which carbonated drinks are produced. 2. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that this 5 stage man-made process is comprised of the filtering of raw water and addition of carbon dioxide in the early steps, mixing with additional ingredients in the middle, and finally packaging it off to be sold.

  1. Paraphrase the overall essay topic.
  2. Write a general overview for the process. Read more about general overviews here.

1. At the beginning, raw water is cleaned by passing through a filter before water softener and chemicals are added. 2. The clean water is then pumped into a heater and is eventually sent through a cooling pipe to the pivotal stage where carbon dioxide is introduced to create the carbonated effect.

  1. Begin with the early stages of the process.
  2. Detail all the stages and paraphrase as much vocabulary as possible.

1. From there, the carbonated water is mixed with colouring, syrup and flavours and filtered again prior to bottling and canning. 2. The finished drinks are then boxed up and sent to supermarkets for retail.

  1. Continue descriping the process – do not include any opinion.
  2. Finish with the last stage of the process.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean?

The diagram details the process by which carbonated drinks are produced. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that this 5 stage man-made process is comprised of the filtering of raw water and addition of carbon dioxide in the early steps, mixing with additional ingredients in the middle, and finally packaging it off to be sold.

At the beginning, raw water is cleaned by passing through a filter before water softener and chemicals are added. The clean water is then pumped into a heater and is eventually sent through a cooling pipe to the pivotal stage where carbon dioxide is introduced to create the carbonated effect.

From there, the carbonated water is mixed with colouring, syrup and flavours and filtered again prior to bottling and canning. The finished drinks are then boxed up and sent to supermarkets for retail.

Answers

details illustrates

by which through which, this is how, showing

carbonated drinks fizzy drinks like Coca-Cola

looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that in general

man-made not natural

is comprised of made up of

filtering of raw water cleaning of natural water

mixing combining

ingredients what goes into it – sugar, etc.

packaging it off sending it out

passing through going through

pumped sent

heater makes it hot

eventually finally

cooling pipe metal cylinder keeping it cool

pivotal stage crucial step

carbon dioxide CO2

introduced added in

carbonated effect bubbles, fizzy

colouring giving it color

syrup sugar

flavours how it tastes

prior to bottling before it is put in bottles

canning putting it in cans

finished drinks completed product

boxed up put in boxes

retail sale

Pronunciation

ˈdiːteɪlz 
baɪ wɪʧ 
ˈkɑːbənɪtɪd drɪŋks 
ˈlʊkɪŋ frɒm ən ˈəʊvərɔːl pəˈspɛktɪvɪt ɪz ˈrɛdɪli əˈpærənt ðæt
ˈmænˈmeɪd 
ɪz kəmˈpraɪzd ɒv 
ˈfɪltərɪŋ ɒv rɔː ˈwɔːtə 
ˈmɪksɪŋ 
ɪnˈgriːdiənts 
ˈpækɪʤɪŋ ɪt ɒf 
ˈpɑːsɪŋ θruː 
pʌmpt 
ˈhiːtə 
ɪˈvɛnʧəli 
ˈkuːlɪŋ paɪp
ˈpɪvətl steɪʤ 
ˈkɑːbən daɪˈɒksaɪd 
ˌɪntrəˈdjuːst 
ˈkɑːbənɪtɪd ɪˈfɛkt
ˈkʌlərɪŋ
ˈsɪrəp 
ˈfleɪvəz 
ˈpraɪə tuː ˈbɒtlɪŋ 
ˈkænɪŋ
ˈfɪnɪʃt drɪŋks 
bɒkst ʌp 
ˈriːteɪl

Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks:

The diagram d__________s the process b__________h c___________________s are produced. L_______________________________________________________t this 5 stage m___________e process i____________________f the f_______________________r and addition of carbon dioxide in the early steps, m________g with additional i__________________s in the middle, and finally p________________________f to be sold.

At the beginning, raw water is cleaned by p___________________h a filter before water softener and chemicals are added. The clean water is then p_______________d into a h______________r and is e_______________y sent through a c______________e to the p______________e where c_________________e is i______________d to create the c________________t.

From there, the carbonated water is mixed with c____________g, s_________p and f________________s and filtered again p_________________g and c____________g. The f__________________s are then b__________p and sent to supermarkets for r________l.

Listening Practice

Watch the process below:

Reading Practice

Learn below about some health carbonated drinks:

https://www.tasteofhome.com/collection/healthy-carbonated-drinks/

Speaking Practice

Answer the following related questions from the IELTS speaking exam:

Coffee or Tea

  1. Do you drink coffee or tea?
  2. When did you last drink coffee or tea?
  3. Is coffee or tea more popular in your country?
  4. Which would you offer to visitors who came to your home?

Writing Practice

Write about the following related topic and then check with my sample answer below:

IELTS Writing Task 1 Sample Answer Essay: Rainwater Diagram/Process (Real Past IELTS Exam)

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