Learn new words in the vocabulary for Maps IELTS Writing Task 1 lesson. This is a group of the most common verbs you need to know to describe changes in maps.
To make bigger
Enlarge –To make larger in size
Example: The building in Newnham Road was enlarged in 1998.
Expand – To increase the size or scope of something.
Example: Youngstown aeronautics campus will be expanded in 2020. School administration expanded building #1 by adding a second department.
Extend – To cause (something) to be longer, wider.
Example: The local government of Los Angeles extended the subway line into the next village. The New York Metro Purple Line has been extended westwards from the Wilshire station to Stanford station.
Cut down, chop down, clear, fell, remove – to remove, to reduce the number (usually trees, woodland)
Example: The forest was cut down and replaced with a school.
Example: The trees will be chopped down in 2017.
Example: The woodland has been cleared.
Example: Pine trees were felled.
Example: Trees are removed along Interstate 77 near Ben Drive Road.
Demolish, knock down, pull down – to break apart the structure
Example: The building was demolished. A historic building is set to be demolished. The row of old houses had been pulled down by 2015.
Add something new
Build, Construct, Erect – to build
Example: A new school will have been built by 2019.
Example: Located on the island 110 miles off the coast, the hotel is constructed in the eastern part.
Example: A pier was erected in line with entertainment facilities where tourists could access boats and yachts.
Introduce – to bring in; establish
Example: A bike share scheme was introduced in 2007.
Example: The roads in St.John’s street have been modernized. A zebra crossing and traffic lights have been added.
Change into something else
Convert, turn into, make into – to change into something
Example: An old factory will be converted into a police station.
Example: A covered market was turned into a children playground.
Example: The disused warehouse in the north of the city was made into a shopping mall.
Redevelop – To restore (buildings or neighborhoods) to a better condition: to rebuild or replan a building, area.
Example: Central part of London was completely redeveloped and modernized. They built a new cinema complex and a row of new bars near the financial district.
Replace – to take the place of
Example: There used to be a shopping complex in the west of the city, but it was replaced by a modern hospital.
Remodel – to change or alter the structure or style
Example: A 197-room Brighton hotel is being remodeled to accommodate 1000 people.
Make way for (to), give way for (to) – replace
Example: The block of low-rise flats made way for a sports complex.
Example: The block of high-rise flats had given way to a sports complex by 2001.
Transform – to change
Example: A prison was transformed into a new train station.
Modernize – To make modern
Example: The area was completely modernized.
Renovate – To restore to an earlier condition
Example: An entire airport will have been renovated by 2030.
If something happens
Take place, occur
Example: The developments took place (occurred) in the coastal town of Tossa de Mar from 1960 to 1970.
Undergo, witness, see
Example: Over the period, the area witnessed (underwent, saw, experienced) dramatic changes
This is part 1 of Maps IELTS, so please take a look at part 2 to learn about noun phrases, locations and additional vocabulary for Map diagrams.