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Word for “completely fascinated” [closed]

What is a word for completely fascinated? I want to convey the same meaning but using only one word if possible. Using two big words for this seems like an overkill.
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Closest in meaning confusion

I am preparing for an exam and came across the following problems. Since my english is limited in knowledge i am posting it here. The sentence: This nitrogen dioxide(NO2) plays a role in the ...
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What is a good antonym for 'one track thinking'?

the meaning to be conveyed is the quality of being able to explore a situation with multiple viewpoints instead of just stuck with one way of exploring the problem What word (or a few words) ...
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“Agree” vs. “concur”

What is the difference between agree and concur? Which is the more common to use? For instance, someone said something to me and I want to say that he is right. Should I say I agree with you or I ...
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How to check phrasing and word choices?

I'm a native speaker of French, and even though I think I have a rather good level in English, I always try to keep an open mind. (I learned English by absorbing from a lot of sources: TV, movies, ...
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Hypernym for “audiobook”, “podcast”, “speech”, etc.?

I am looking for a short and concise term (preferably one word) that can be used as a hypernym for essentially everything that contains (audio) speech (e.g. audiobooks, podcasts, recorded news ...
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What's a non pejorative way of saying that a woman is bigger? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Euphemisms to replace “fat” In French you could say that a woman is plus en chair, plus ronde, which are not necessarily pejorative. How can I say the same ...
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Alternative word for “flame”

What word is used as an alternative to flame? The word flame sounds negative and violent, but what I want to convey is like the flame that appears on the candle, which is polite and peaceful. In ...
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“Documents” or “document” [closed]

I know that document is an uncountable noun. But I see some people write A lot of documents were found. Which is correct?
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Opposite of “summary”

What is the opposite of summary as in a Summary Report or A Summary? Common suggestions are Exposition but that doesn't seem right at all, and other suggestions I find in a search are just antonyms of ...
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“Let's/We let A be a variable”

Suppose I am giving a math talk and I am going to write on the board Let A be a variable. What do I say while I write? Can I say Let's let A be a variable or should I write We let A be a variable and ...
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Tense of “lie”/“lay” in a clause

I've been using "lay" but many people have looked at my sentence dubiously. However, while in secondary school, I abandoned my higher scientific aspirations because I became more focused on a ...
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Term for assistant of assistant manager [closed]

Do you call an assistant of an assistant manager vice-assistant manager, deputy assistant manager, assistant-assistant manager or something else?
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What is a good word to describe 'exceptional positive' research work?

In a sentence, when talking about future, for a person with huge potential. X has the potential for some ? research in Y field. I was thinking game changing revolutionary but both of these ...
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“Write in the language you are writing” or “… you are writing in”?

So, I'm watching this lecture. One of the slides (at minute 27) in that lecture contains this sentence: "Write in the language you are writing." But shouldn't it be: "Write in the language ...
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Opposite of “most recently”

What is a good way to formulate the opposite of "most recently"? For example, Display the five most recently updated streams. The two most recently hired coders are doing a great job. How ...
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Another word for Short form and its Long form of a word

Based on the following example: Local Area Network (LAN) You can say that LAN is the short form and the Local Area Network is the long form. What is the another word for "short form"? (Is ...
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Single word meaning either “liked” or “disliked”

I have a forum where you can Like a reply. After you press that button it changes from Like to Liked. Now I want to add a Dislike button so I would like to replace the "Liked" text for something that ...
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Adjective for thing you do for others

I sometimes write university projects for students and fix friends' computers, sometimes for money. I call things I do for myself personal projects, personal work, personal act, etc. What adjective ...
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metaphor(ic) Vs idiom(atic)

I would like to understand what differences and relations are between metaphor and idiom, and between metaphoric and idiomatic. Following are quotes from me asking two people on this site: zpletan ...
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More formal way to say “just in case”

I thought "provisionally" was what I was looking for, as in: "As a provisional measure, I'd like someone with Volkswagen Corporate to follow up with me next week." What I really mean is: "Just in ...
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What is the sponsored party called?

Google results for sponsee have scattered definitions in unreliable sources, so it does not appear that is a real word. I'm looking for something similar, a single word. The specific context is a ...
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“You have hidden a request sent by …” versus “You hid a request sent by …”

I have come across a couple confusing sentences when hiding (ignoring) requests on Facebook. The first response message was: You hid a FarmVille request sent by John Doe and the second was ...
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“Supposed” versus “expected”

What is the difference between supposed and expected? For example, which one should be used in the following example? I am confused about the two words base and basis. I often use one when ...
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“Nowadays” vs “today”

I'm taking an English academic writing course. My teacher recommended using today as it is more accepted compared to nowadays. I asked her if this is accepted in American English (she's from US) or in ...
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“We help consumers pay less” vs. “Helping consumers paying less”

Since English is not my native language I can not decide which one of the following two sentences is better. We help companies sell more and consumers pay less. Helping companies sell more and ...
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“Deliberate recluse” or “deliberately reclusive”

I was touching up my profile when I came upon this: Aspiring autodidact, deliberate recluse. Is the phrase deliberate recluse syntactically correct, or should I use deliberately reclusive ...
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“Through” or “throughout”

In the conclusion of an essay, which fits better? Through this experience, ... Throughout this experience, ... It sounds better to me with throughout, but I really do not know why. Any ...
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“Take a degree” or “do a degree”

In university I learned that we say to do a degree in X but I saw many other sources where it says to take a degree in X. Which is correct? Is there a regional difference?
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What do you call a person who deems themselves unworthy when given criticism?

What is an appropriate word for a person who when criticized seems to think that they are completely unworthy in that particular category? For example: Me: "I wish you could be nicer when you ...
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What word would you use to describe someone who tries to one up everything you say?

What word is appropriate for someone who tries to one up everything you say? For example: Me: "You are a great friend" Person: "Well, you are my best friend"
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Proverb: “have fate without destiny”

I was looking for an English equivalent of the Chinese proverb (有缘无分) which describes couples who meet but who do not for whatever reason stay together. My friend (native speaker, no Chinese ...
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Is the word “management” singular or plural? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a company always plural, or are small companies singular? Which one of the following is correct? Management gets its ideas from its employees. Management gets ...
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“Gamers of platform” or “gamers on platform”

We're duking it out to come up with a strapline on meta.gaming. Which is correct? Welcome to Q&A for gamers of all platforms. Welcome to Q&A for gamers on all platforms.
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“Sour cream” versus “soured cream”

Does anyone besides my husband insist on adding an -ed to sour cream? Etymonline dates "sour cream" to 1855, but has no mention of "soured", so I don't think this is analogous to "iced tea" or "ice ...
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“Founded on [date]” vs. “Founded in [date]”

I want to put a variation of the following just above a company description, but I'm wondering which preposition I should use: Business Founded On December 2011 Business Founded In December 2011 ...
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What is the “œ” doing here?

In The Wealth of Nations, the word economy appears frequently (as it should, being a book on economics). However, once (so far), it has been spelled œconomy. Upon researching the term, it's the ...
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“For a long time” vs “in a long time”

Which preposition is correct and what is the difference in meaning if any? I went to the gym, something I haven't done for a long time. I went to the gym, something I haven't done in a long ...
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Finnegan's Wake: “the least successful of whom was…” [closed]

Does the following sentence sound awkward because of the positioning of whom? Beans grew up in a Roman Catholic household with four brothers; the least successful of whom was the bank president.
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Word suggestion for items that can be labelled with a serial number and items that cannot be labelled with a serial number

I am looking for a word (or a group of words) that describe items that can (or can’t) be labelled with a serial number/barcode. (I was thinking of “can serialable items” and “non-seriable items”, but ...
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“Pay attention” vs. “give attention”

Between 'pay' and 'give' I guess you are most likely to choose 'give' for the blank below. However, 'pay' sounds more suited for the second 'attention.' I wonder why. Is it because the second sentence ...
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“Add number between x … y”

I’m working on a problem for a programming class that states the following: Write a for loop in the space below which will add the numbers between 1 and 20. To me this means the question is ...
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Why “Greater Toronto” rather than “Great Toronto”

Many big cities have their names preceded by Greater. Why not just Great? Does Greater indicate that the city is ambitious to expand itself? Why is Greater not used for country names such as Great ...
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“Doubt” vs. “suspect” [closed]

I have never used doubt or suspect properly before. Now I understand that they seem to bear quite the opposite meanings in a sentence. For example, Everybody believes him, but I suspect he is ...
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Does a comparative always need to compare with something?

As I understand it, comparatives compare with something. So something that is colder is more cold than another thing. However, can't a word like colder be used as an adjective without being compared ...
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Choosing between “everybody” and “everyone”

When addressing a radio audience, is welcome everybody the appropriate word choice? Why not welcome everyone?
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Wishing someone good luck in continuing something without yourself without sounding hypocritical or sarcastic

I'm fretting over an email to what was a potential customer. This person announced that he will do the project I pitched on with another company. I sincerely want to wish the customer good luck with ...
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Is there a better term for 'low-level?'

In computer programming, low-level means something used as a base upon which to build more complex mechanisms. To the untrained ear, I think the term might imply inferiority, which is simply not the ...
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Should computer game screens show “you lose” or “you lost”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why “I win” instead of “I won”? My friend and I are designing the "game over" screen for a game we are developing, and I'm thinking of putting ...
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“Institution” and “facility”

Do you use institution for a university building? There are three institutions in this campus. According to Longman Dictionary, an institution is "a large building where old people, ORPHANs, ...