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word to replace “ interest ”

I applied for a job position last year, and I want to continue to apply for it this year. Then I say, "My interest doesn't change", but I think "interest" is a little bit weak in this case, and ...
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something catch my strong interest

I have strong interest in something. For a passive version: something catch my strong interest, but I think 'catch' is not idiomatic. Could anyone have idea about that?
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Action performed sitting on a chair that rotates

The question just popped out on seeing my colleague who sits next to me. He always keeps rotating sitting on the chair. Well, not a complete rotation. Since it is not a full rotation, all I can think ...
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What is a word for an “inverse panorama”? [closed]

Specifically, what is a word for the action of taking several pictures of an object from multiple, regular angles and has the same connotation as "panorama" (where you would take multiple pictures of ...
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AT and TO: Which is correct in the following scenario? [duplicate]

I want an item within the reach of my hands. Which one of the following sentences is correct? Please explain. Keep it close TO hand?! Keep it close AT hand?!
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Beef with or Grief against? [closed]

Stemming from an edit and comments from a question I asked in SciFi. Which one sounds more natural ? By "natural" I mean the most plausible to appear in a conversation. Does it depends on location ? ...
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What do you call a place which is temporarily closed because it's a holiday?

When it's holiday and some company/firm/business place is temporarily closed, How do you express that? For example: Bob: I'm going to the Apple Store on Queens Road tomorrow, care to join me? ...
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Does “Reducing/ Minimizing your cost” make sense? [closed]

At my company, I and my co-workers are working on a brochure for our products. As one of the benefits our products could provide, we are trying to emphasize the fact that our customers (mostly ...
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Why is salt being referred to as “sodium”? [closed]

Why is salt referred to as "sodium" in nutrition facts (like on products) and similar documents in some parts of the world? Why is that nutrition facts labels in some parts of the world list salt ...
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“I'm __” to express disagreement and “I'm __” to express agreement

I would like a single word to use in "I'm __" to express disagreement and a different single word to use in "I'm __" to express agreement. I am looking for a pair of words that are intuitive ...
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Someone who is passionate about finance?

What is the best word to describe someone who loves finance or finance enthusiast or anything related for that matter? I would like to describe someone with that word or you could say a special tag ...
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“Kindly” vs “Please” : Which is better in official emails? [closed]

Consider the below sentences:- 1. Kindly review the document and let me know if I need to change something. 2. Please review the document and let me know if I need to change something. 3. Could you ...
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Pay for the purchase?

Is "pay for the purchase" correct? Would it not mean something like "pay for the privilege of being able to buy something"? The context is a school newsletter and the phrase is as follows: "These ...
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Gerund vs noun— which to use in title

This issue of gerunds vs noun always puzzled me and in this particular case made me wonder. I actually am translating my thesis title into English and am not sure as to use gerund or noun. So which ...
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Word/term for users who are not experts and scientists [duplicate]

In the field of computer science, what should users who are not experts and scientists be called? I've come up with ordinary users or regular users. Any formal alternative or widely-accepted ...
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Another phrase or term for suicide [closed]

I'm writing a paper about the threats of cyberbullying and require some help. My question is I want to explain that cyberbullying can not only damage one's emotion and feeling but can also results in ...
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Can “for” and “by” be used interchangeably with a gerund?

Is it correct to say "You can earn rewards for participating in the company's wellness program?" I'm inclined to change it to "You can earn rewards by participating in the company's wellness ...
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What do you call the “owner” of an idea?

I recently found myself in a situation where I wanted to use a line that went something like this: "...we must examine the effects these ideas had on their respective creators..." and I just ...
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For free vs. free of charges [duplicate]

They are seems to be similar in meaning, however in a specific context Googling vote for the first. ... teaching users for free. I think free of charge(s) is more appropriate choice but I ...
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In relation to fitness, is there a difference between the words plan, program, routine or are they interchangeable? [closed]

In terms of fitness, what would the proper term for something that describes a set of exercises to perform?
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more fair or fairer - Is “more fair” an acceptable alternative to “fairer” [closed]

Is it acceptable to say "more fair" as opposed to "fairer" ? Is one more appropriate than the other?
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What is it called when two people refuse to talk to each other?

What is it called when two people (usually kids) stop talking for a while after a fight or an argument because they are mad at each other?
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A biography of/about/on [closed]

Which do I use, in the sentence "I'm reading a biography ___ Winston Churchill" ?
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A word that defines something that is valuable for its lack of function and productive value?

I'm looking for a word that means "something valuable (intrinsically) because of its dysfunctional nature that makes it unnapealing for profit or production."
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Can vulgar be used to describe someone's life meaningless and lacking in ambition? [closed]

Recently I wanted to write an essay about the women in Jane Austin's time. I wrote the women at that time were concerned much about how to be engaged to a decent husband. Not like women nowadays, they ...
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Difference between accepter and acceptor

What is the difference between these two words: accepter acceptor On Merriam-Webster, each word's definitions are linked to one another, Definition of accepter one that accepts ...
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What's the right way to ask if something belongs to someone or something [closed]

There are two devices, and I have an extra nail or spare part. I want to ask which device the nail belongs to, in a simple way. Should I say: Who's this nail belongs to? Who's this nail? ...
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Would it be correct to say, “I'm walking by my own”?

I'm writing a song and the line "I'm walking by my own" fits better than "I'm walking all alone". Would it be correct to write it like that or that doesn't exist? Thanks to everybody.
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Word to indicate the naming process of something due to an oft repeated name not originally pertaining to it

A word that describes the naming process of something, because it was so much repeated, like a nick name. Presently, The Company,(city) _______(Named thus by a general saying of a name) was a show ...
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Reflexive Pronoun usage

I'm a little confused. At work I often hear 'You can get in touch with ourselves' instead of 'Get in touch with us' and it triggers my inner toff. Am I right in thinking that 'get in touch with ...
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A word that means cast aside and taken back repeatedly

I need a word that defines that which is commonly tossed aside to be grabbed back again, like a notebook. I'm trying to use a word that defines this implicit nature in an object: something that is not ...
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Verb question: 'check' vs. 'check out' in an invitation [closed]

I have to make an invitation to some people. Is it correct to say "come check out our products" or "come check our products"?
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“Average processing time of/for/in …” - which variant is corrent?

Which one is correct? Average processing time of the largest input data set was X seconds. Average processing time for the largest input data set was X seconds. Average processing time in the ...
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“different” at the beginning of a sentence [closed]

Is it correct to start a sentence with the word "different"? for example: Different table structures are listed below. or should it be: Various table structures are listed below. Does it ...
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Single word for “very centered around one opinion”

What is a word for someone who is very centered around one opinion, and is reluctant to others? I keep going back to absent-minded or reluctant to change, but I know there is a word that is more ...
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single word or phrase for particular feeling of release

Is there a word that describes when you have a great idea, revolutionary even, and then you find out it has already been done? Or maybe, that feeling - not futility, not Sisyphean - but that wry ...
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A word for not ones own [duplicate]

Is there a word to describe something that is not our own? For instance: The thoughts I was having were not my own, they were _______. A possibility I thought of is alien.
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advisable vs advised

I recently found myself reading a phase with one of the terms. It sounded wrong. Which one is correct/better? 1) Regardless, it is advisable to follow X guidelines 2) Regardless, it is advised to ...
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“natural and artificially flavored” or “naturally and artificially flavored”?

I saw a food label that read: "natural and artificially flavored" A friend suggested this was the correct wording: "naturally and artificially flavored" Which is correct and why?
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Is there an English term for being enraged by injustice, or having an extreme emotional stress because of injustice?

Imagine two people had some agreement, maybe involving money, and then one of them feels that the other person wronged him. The person feels an extreme anxiety because of this, and blinded by anger ...
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Should we use the word “Actually” before a sentence? [closed]

Someone asked to me about some particular information. I replied to the email like this:- Hi, "Actually I was assigned the following task by my Manager"........ Is it grammatically correct to start ...
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Trying to remember a synonym for a “fixed smile”

I remember reading this word in the writings of Anthony Burgess. I think it began with an 'r' and could also be used in a medical context when describing facial paralysis. Can anyone help me out?
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another word for forward thinking?

I am describing driver less cars have already been tried by forward thinking countries. Any other word I could replace/add to it? Not sure if forward-thinking is the best choice.
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Does a robot process “sensory data” or “sensor data”?

What is the best name for the data a robot acquires from its environment? Examples include camera images, laser range measurements, acceleration measurements, sound, the force it is exerting on a ...
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Does the term “walkable roof” exist in English?

I'm writing a paper about flat roofs. I wanted to use the term "walkable roof" to describe a roof that can be used on a daily basis (e.g. a roof terrace), but I'm not sure if this term exists in ...
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Ensuing or Resulting

What option fits best in the following question please? An obstacle had been placed in the middle of the road and the ___________ accident was blamed on it. a. following b. ensuing c. resulting ...
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onomatopoeia for the sound of spoons hitting on the plate when eating? [closed]

Is there any word to describe this? I have tried inging but not sure if that is the best word.
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Is “what” or “which” more correct for an unknown (but ultimately finite) quantity?

Given a situation such as wanting to know the song someone is listening to, or the city someone lives in, is it more proper to use which (indicating the quantity is finite) or what (indicating its ...
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Talent or knack

I'd like to ask the connotations they have when we say : She has a talent for singing/ playing football/ acting/ painting etc. She has a knack for singing/ playing football/ acting/ ...
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To refrain or to restrain for internal emotions

I'd like to ask if there would any differences between if I changed the word restrain with the word refrain or vice versa in the following sentences? The definition is for restrain in Oxford ...