I'm preparing for Ielts test. Its writing part is the most difficult for me.

So far, I'm learning about comparative between numbers, and I stuck.

  • Let's say, there was a given bar chart giving 3 bars, red, blue, and orange.
  • The length of the blue was the longest and the orange's was the shortest.

a bar chart giving 3 bars

This could be described as:

  • The blue had the biggest/largest/greatest/(the most) number of people/(internet users) at 1,000 units.
  • The orange had the smallest/(the least) number of people/(internet users) at 380 units.

The question is how can I properly and formally describe the red one which had value in between the blue and the orange in one sentence?

  • Example: The red had greater/bigger/larger/(more) number of people/(internet users) than the orange, and/but smaller/(less) number of people/(internet users) than the blue. (This is 2 sentences)

  • Example: The red had the number of people at 550 units which was/as the second place.
    < Correct || Incorrect >

  • Example: The red had the number of people at 550 units which was/as in between the blue's and the orange's.
    < Correct || Incorrect >

Any of your advice would be very helpful, thanks :)

2 Answers 2


The red bar represents the intermediate quantity of the three values.

being, situated, or acting between two points, stages, things, persons, etc.

I wouldn't say that a bar on a chart has a number of people, rather that it represents or shows a number of people or a quantity.

  • About those "number of people || with or without "the" article/(users)" things I referred were representatives of nouns/objectives for the sentences. It was my bad that I didn't state it earlier. Thanks for the answer, I appreciate it :)
    – hbtpoprock
    Oct 11, 2018 at 9:46
  • The red had the intermediate number of people/nouns (of the (given) data) at 550 units.
    – hbtpoprock
    Oct 11, 2018 at 13:15

"Median" term is used with groups or lists of numbers. Perhaps use the symbols < >. Example: orange > red < blue

  • Hi Kevin, welcome to ELU. It's often useful to include a formal dictionary definition (a free one with a link, preferably) in an answer. "Median" has a fairly specific mathematical definition. And shouldn't that be "orange < red < blue"? That is orange is smaller than red, red is smaller than blue.
    – Pam
    Oct 11, 2018 at 9:05
  • So it would be " The red had the median number of people at 550 units. ", right? @Pam
    – hbtpoprock
    Oct 11, 2018 at 9:26
  • "Median" has a specific meaning in statistics/probability, and a specific meaning in anatomy, neither of which are correct here. Oct 11, 2018 at 9:30
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    @Chappo Given a data set consisting of these three values, the value represented by the red bar would be the median. It's not the best word to use in this context though.
    – nekomatic
    Oct 11, 2018 at 9:33
  • @nekomatic The best word to use in this context is the one you've offered. +1 for a good and well-presented answer :-) Oct 11, 2018 at 9:45

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