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I'll be curious

Just wondering if it is correct to say "I'll be curious to". For example, I used the sentence "I'll be curious to read them [the text messages] later". Do I actually mean to say "I am curious to read ...
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Indulge/Kill/Satisfy my curiosity

I have few questions for my customer and I want to say him that it is just my curiosity. What is the right sentence which I can use to deal with my customers so that they won't find it funny or ...
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“Focal” or “focussing” exercises, when training the eyes to focus better?

When doing certain eye exercises, such as looking at the thumb as you bring it to your nose and as you move it away from your nose, can you call them "Focal exercises","Focussing exercises" or both?
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Word for “gap between two dates”

By which word can I refer to the gap between two dates? Say, how can I better form the sentence below? She reduced the gap between the dates of taking tests. She used to take it one month and ...
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When should the words “usefulness” versus “utility” be used?

"Usefulness" and "utility" both mean nearly the same thing. Usefulness: the quality or fact of being useful. Utility: the state of being useful, profitable, or beneficial To me, the word ...
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Difference between “formatting” and “styling” when used with documents

For example one may say: "This document is well formatted" or "This document is well styled" - What are the differences here, if any? What about the task: "formatting" or "styling", are these usable ...
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Using “because”, “as”, or “since” when explaining the reason or relevance of something in an adverbial clause?

I have several units of information that I want to put into one, or two well-formed sentences: Our product previously only supported Type-X adapters (which are widely used). A few weeks ago the ...
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Is “indifferent of” correct in this sentence? Is it ever correct? Should I replace it with something?

Is "indifferent of" correct in this sentence? Is it ever correct? Should I replace "of" with something? "In regards to hacking, do you approve, disapprove, or are you indifferent of the practice?" ...
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“The answer[s] to big problems…” - plural or singular? [closed]

The answer to big problems is always small solutions. or The answers to big problems are always small solutions. I believe these are both correct grammatically, but the singular ("is") ...
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Is there anything awkward in saying “ Prince Charles is now a husband”?

In my English class today my prof gave us a sentence: Prince Charles is now a husband. He then told us to find out if there is anything wrong with this sentence as our homework. Undoubtedly, ...
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how can Use the title 'Mr'

Use of titles in English language, can we use title Mr if we use the designation like Secretary Sports Mr Saleem Akhtar, etc, or we skip it. i am asking in reference to make a news report or news ...
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“What memory!” or “What a memory!”?

Even though the second one seems right, is the first one totally wrong? It sounds ok to me. Correct me if I am wrong. Please explain if possible. Thanks. :) Context: Someone recollects a proverb ...
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“Subject election” at college/university

I am wondering what is the name of process during which student chooses which subjects he/she going to attend to in next semester. After some thinking, "subject election" came to mind but somehow it ...
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What is a term for something unwanted but which cannot be ignored?

More specifically... What is a term for a problem between sides that has surfaced that one would pretend to have always been submerged yet cannot be ignored? For example, two sides always had ...
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What is it called when a group of people forms a shape together?

There are great performances where a group of people, whether small or large, forms a shape or different shapes together; and you can usually see the shape from bird's eye view. It is usually like a ...
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Differences between “atomic bomb” and “nuclear weapon”

What differences are there between "atomic bomb" and "nuclear weapon"? Is "atomic" only used when using talking about nuclear fission, whereas "nuclear" can mean either fission or fusion, as claimed ...
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Word for the fear of getting a haircut?

The other day I met someone who was scared of getting a haircut. I was trying to think of a word to describe, but I couldn't think of anything. I couldn't find anything online either, so I decided to ...
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Paternity vs. Paternal vs. Parental Leave [closed]

Which one is the most commonly used to describe a leave taken by a father in the United States?
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Concise Way to Say “Small Tasks can be as Important as Big Tasks”

I need a concise way to explain this idea: Doing the small and easy tasks can be as noble (or more worthwhile) than doing the hard tasks. Examples: 100 people can be more effective by ...
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Naming a component of a vending machine

I'm creating a computer program to simulate a snack vending machine. However, I'm having trouble with naming. I have rows and columns of different kinds of products. A singular snack is held in a ...
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A word or phrase for someone who is dull and unaware of it

Is there a good word or phrase for to describe someone is generally dull, but believes themselves to be exciting and is unaware that talking to them is laborious?
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Grading/correcting/? assignments

In the course I'm currently teaching, I give out assignments which the students do and submit for me to later review and comment on. They either pass this task, or they need to revise their work. They ...
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Is there a word for someone who forgets people's names?

I'm looking for a word that describes a person who is unable to remember people's names. An example would be You can't blame her though, she is a [forgetter of names]. In terms of a condition I ...
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What sounds more natural in this case: as, since, or for?

I couldn't see the rest, for I was pushed to the ground. I couldn't see the rest, as I was pushed to the ground. I assumed both options are correct? In that case, which one sounds more ...
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A word or phrase for a person who acts or dresses like the weather is going to change suddenly?

In Portuguese, when a person carries an umbrella on a sunny day, we say that this person is "calling the rain". When they wear a sweater on a warm day, we say that they are "calling the cold ...
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A user vs the user - the 2nd is more common? why? [closed]

Why do we use "the" with "user" and not "a", even through we're not talking about a particular user, but about any user? For example: When the user comes to the home page, they should see this link. ...
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Words associated with throwing things, specifically the action of throwing a paper airplane

What word(s) would you use to describe throwing something, specifically during the action of throwing a paper airplane? The one word I was able to come up with was "flick", but I'm looking for other ...
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What is it called when someone hates disabled people?

I’m having an argument with someone else who keeps telling me that racism is hating any kind of person. He keeps telling me that racism is sexism, etc. I just want to know what the term for a person ...
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Does vacillation imply intention or a mind? Can non-intelligent things vacillate?

A friend and I are arguing about this. Does vacillation imply a mind? Can a non-intelligent thing vacillate? In the context of video games my friend mentioned that his ping was vacillating. I argued ...
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“Everyday an English word” or “Daily English word” or “An English word every day” [closed]

I need to write an English word to the blackboard each day. Which title is correct? I need something that shows purpose instead of something like "word of the day". And should I use "everyday" or ...
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Word/Phrase List to Describe Different Types of Relationships

The Swedish language has a big list of the words which describe the various types of the relationships. Many of those words just were coined recently. There is even the word which describes the people ...
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A word for a smile that is hard to repress and/or easily provoked?

I have used "irascible smile" when talking of a friend who is almost always smiling. I was asked to define the word by someone unfamiliar to its use, and reached for the dictionary (electronically) to ...
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Word for the next generation that you treat like your siblings

In academia, it is your responsibility to guide the students to get familiar with the academic environment, such as advising them to write their dissertations. Although it is a responsibility, because ...
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What would you call a positive addiction?

You can be addicted to exercise or healthy food or helping others in the sense that you feel good when you do it and bad when you don't. You can even have the dopamine responses that are ...
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Word to describe a real computer versus a virtual machine [duplicate]

In computing environments a lot of software and processes are moving to VMs or virtual machines. I am always at a loss as to how to refer to a real, physical computer in comparison to a virtual ...
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Should I use Lore or Mythos

I'm writing a scientific paper (on an unrelated subject), and the need arose to refer to Robin Hood stories in film, literature and folk culture in general. I would like to use the expression "the ...
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Am I right that “individual” is a little bit pejorative? [closed]

I have feeling that the word "individual" leans a little bit towards being pejorative if not used in an official or formal context. Me not being native to English and knowing it far too poorly, I ...
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What's more than a girlfriend but less than a wife? [duplicate]

Let's say I am in a committed relationship with a woman, but we are not married; talking about her as "my girlfriend" seems a bit silly, as it conveys the idea of something juvenile, and 1) our ...
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How to distinguish between “document” and “documentation”? [closed]

I am wondering when we could use documentation instead of document?
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Reasonable phobia name for fear of alcohol evaporating before you can drink it [closed]

I am curious as to what the phobia name would be for the fear of the alcohol in your drink evaporating before you can drink it. It appears most phobias are rooted in Greek and sometimes Latin. Some ...
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What is the word that means an “unanswerable question”?

This is not a rhetorical question (because no one knows the answer). It is kind of like a dilemma in that it's difficult to answer; however, it does not quite fall under a "what is the meaning of ...
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Verb to “make something succeed”

I would like a verb that would express the idea of making something succeed. Example: I [my-verb] the unit tests. Writing "I made the unit tests succeed." is not what I'm looking for.
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An appropriate term for the 'contamination' of a language

Italians, for some reason, tend to accept and use foreign terms quite easily. The foreign terms that have entered and are entering common usage are mainly from the English language. Their usage has ...
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Expression for personality/lifestyle of somebody that likes to step outside of the comfort zone?

This is maybe a difficult question. In my mother tongue we have a word for it, but I can not find anything similar in english: How to describe a person/characteristic/way of life of somebody that ...
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Better word for 'my native place'? [duplicate]

I am writing an article for a magazine about my visit to my village. I want to use a better word or phrase for 'my village' or 'my native place'. The following is the part 'When i heard of stories ...
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What's a word for the letter code used to identify the multiple choice answers of a question?

On an exam paper I have questions and each question has several answers. These answers are coded with characters A, B, C etc I am trying to document this and I want to find a single word that ...
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Call In/For a New Job

Suppose I looked for a job on the Internet, found a few offers interesting and decided to call the phone numbers they had posted. Am I calling in or calling for the new jobs? (Or should I simply say ...
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“Profitable” or “Affordable”

Trying to create a tagline, but unsure as to which word will entice a person more : Profitable or Affordable? The context being: _________ Barcode Scanning If I were to use both what order should I ...
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“Upper bound on” vs. “upper bound of”

I have seen both usages, and want to learn how to choose the appropriate option.
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Strangle, or Strangulate?

A short piece I'm trying my hand at. "Don't you attempt to strangle me!" he screamed as her hands closed around his throat "I'll sue you for grievous bodily harm". The scream had its effect — the ...