Bulats language functions – rediger un rapport

Language Functions refer to the different situations where we use language. Often, the meaning of expressions we use is not easy to understand from the words of the sentence. For example, a person could say ‘I see what you mean but …’ and the meaning of the sentence is ‘I understand what you are saying but my opinion is different.’

In BULATS, your knowledge of Language Functions will be tested. You will see examples of Language Functions in the Reading texts and you will hear people use them in the Listening audios. They are also important in the Writing Test and the Speaking Test. If you can understand the different nuances of meaning, you will improve your score.

This exercise will give you examples of typical expressions that are used when reporting, making suggestions and summarising information.

  • Note: most of these expressions are used in writing rather than speaking. For this reason, you are more likely to find these expressions in the BULATS Reading Comprehension questions than in the Listening parts of the test.

 

Reporting
Elementary
This report aims to explain (how to increase sales).
This report will investigate (how to increase sales).
This report examines (how to increase sales).
This report looks into ways we can (increase sales).
This report considers (how to increase sales).
We are investigating ways of (increasing sales).
The main reason for this report is to (increase sales).
The most important reason for this report is to (increase sales).
Other reasons for this include (better marketing methods).
This will result in (more sales).
This should result in (more sales).
This is likely to result in (more sales).
 
Intermediate
The purpose of this report is to (increase sales).
The purpose of this report is to find (ways to increase sales).
The purpose of this report is to describe (ways to increase sales).
The purpose of this report is to evaluate (ways to increase sales).
The purpose of this report is to outline (ways to increase sales).
One issue is that (sales are falling).
A further problem is that (sales are falling).
An analysis showed that (sales are falling).
A survey revealed that (sales are falling).
After studying (sales), it was found that (there is a decrease).
(Customers) considered (the products) to be (too expensive).
(Customers) said (the products) were (too expensive).
(Customers) mentioned (the products) were (too expensive).
(Customers) remarked that (the products) were (too expensive).
(Customers) expressed the opinion that (the products) were (too expensive).
 
Advanced
Due to the fact that (the products are too expensive), (sales are falling).
In order to achieve (higher sales), we will need to (reduce prices).
If the findings of this report are implemented, it will result in (higher sales).
If the findings of this report are implemented, (higher sales) will result.
One major disadvantage is (the poor quality of the products).
One major drawback is (the poor quality of the products).
One major shortcoming is (the poor quality of the products).
The current situation is not acceptable because (low sales result in low profits).
 

 

Making suggestions
We suggest (reducing prices).
We suggest that (reducing prices) would be a good option.
We suggest that the best option is to (reduce prices).
We think it would be a good idea to (reduce prices).
We think it would be a good idea to look into the possibility of (reducing prices).
It is important to (reduce prices).
We recommend that you (reduce prices).
We strongly recommend that you (reduce prices).
It is vital to (reduce prices).
It is essential to (reduce prices).
We feel that it is important to (reduce prices).
In our view, you should (reduce prices).
We should start to consider how (prices) can best be (reduced).
Our chief recommendation is to (reduce prices).
There is a need for (price reductions).
We believe that (price reductions) are necessary.
We feel justified in recommending (price reductions).
 

 

Summarizing & evaluating
To sum up, (prices should be reduced).
To summarise, (prices should be reduced).
In summary, (prices should be reduced).
In conclusion, (prices should be reduced).
To recap, (prices should be reduced).
On the whole, we believe that (prices should be reduced).
Generally speaking, the trend is towards (price reduction).
Taking all of these points into consideration, (prices should be reduced).
All in all, it is clear that (prices should be reduced).
In short, (prices should be reduced).
In a nutshell, (prices should be reduced).
To cut a long story short, (prices should be reduced).
All things considered, (prices should be reduced).

To go further in your Bulats preparation, you can check out our Language Function summary, or choose one of the study sheets below.