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Describing several lines in graph

So I have a graph that depicts 3 lines. Each line represents a different level of consumption c. I am having trouble choosing the correct word to indicate the difference between the lines. My first ...
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Is there a verb to say “I'm not interested anymore?”

In my native language, we have a verb to say "I'm not interested anymore". What is the closest verb or phrasal verb in English?
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What is the correct order from extreme individualism to full collectivism?

In a social spectrum from extreme individualism to full collectivism, an agent may be very selfish, so its attitude is "competitive". Then, (i) it may join some parties about the benefits of whose ...
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Difference between furious/infuriated/enraged?

I called him something, so he started walking toward me, furious/infuriated/enraged. Is there any difference between them? Can I use them all here? Which one of them would you use here to mean very ...
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What do you call this when cats hunch their backs and their fur stands on end?

I know there is such a word but I cannot recall it. This word can be used figuratively when saying that someone gets surprised, angry or react badly to something.
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starts wondering/starts to wonder

Ted still sits alone in the couch watching TV. He starts wondering where his wife is. Ted still sits alone in the couch watching TV. He starts to wonder where his wife is. I assume they are ...
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Is there a definition for an actively working person?

I would like to ask for a direct or indirect definition that would define the person who is actively working in a company. For example in Linkedin I've seen the definition as present yet it does not ...
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The use of different forms of the verb ''understand'' in sentences

I would like others to explain this to me. Which sentence is correct? In his anxiety to make himself understanding, he spoke too loudly and too slowly In his anxiety to make himself ...
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What Is The Best Word Choice: Is, Are, Were, or Have Been

The volume of letters that the United States Post Office processes ____ staggering. A. Is B. Are C. Were D. Have been I think it would be A.
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A verb for a raise in a feeling

The studies conducted 10 years ago shows that the feeling of belonging to the group is very weak among the members. We have no evidence that the feeling _____ in the meanwhile. I want to say that ...
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Type 3 conditional vs mixed conditional

I have to comment on the following situation using an if clause (i.e. write a conditional sentence regarding the given situation) : They never agree to anything I suggest. That's how they lost ...
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Is “quantity” a proper word to use for “the number of things” in technical topics?

I am looking for a technical term for the number of things. In my native Danish lanauge, we have one single word: Antal which directly means the number of. In English, the word amount wouldn't ...
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What does “Cheer up” mean?

Some people say that you can't use that phrase when the listener is in real bad situations, such as having their arm broken, car accidents or something like those, because the phrase could feel like "...
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The output of an adapter

I'm trying to name a function in a software package. Let's start with some backgrounds. The package provides supplemental functions to multiple upstream packages that train random forests. To avoid ...
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How to chose between “get” and “have got”?

In a class context, would a student, asking about the homework and if any homework is due for today, ask: Did we get any homework for today? or Have we got any homework for today? Or can both ...
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“What to call it” vs. “how to call it”

I went through the questions, but I didn't find an answer to this kind of sentence. Would you tell me what would be the correct sentence A or B? I had 2 beta readers and 2 answers. Thank you. A) It ...
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“Listen for” to mean “left with a feeling”

The other day I was given an answer: In your sentence I would use give, give does mean a present, a gift I was going to give you another book Here is a warning: I am listening for ...
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Is it correct to say “The teacher failed me”?

I've heard this expression on TV several times, but is this correct grammatically? Doesn't it mean that the teacher did not help me in the time of need rather than the teacher gave me an F? How to ...
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well under way/fully under way

The party was well under way when we arrived. The party was fully under way when we arrived. What is the difference between "well under way" and "fully under way"?
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To embezzle, to pocket or to misappropriate

If an employee takes some amount of raw material from the labour place in a way can be called stealing, and the raw material was the property of the employer, which of the following is more natural to ...
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A person who supports some idea but hid it in public

I was looking for a word which is perfect for a person who supports some idea but hid that idea in public for some reason. For example I believe in gender equality but if someone or any group talks ...
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“Close/shut one's eyes to sth” VS “Turn a blind eye to sth”

I was wondering what is the difference between these two phrases. For me, they both mean very similar and I cannot differentiate between them. For more clarification, let me provide you with an ...
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The category of medicines that “make you unconscious” or just “prevent pain”

I was wondering what do you call the medicines that are used to: make you sleep through the surgical operation. make you numb (without making you sleep,) during an operation. I know "...
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Should “at” or “to” be used in the following sentence?

Should "at" or "to" be used in the following sentence? You can send me an email with any inquiries to: email@website.com. or You can send me an email with any inquiries at: email@website.com. ...
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Using an article after “which we call”

I am hesitant in using an article after the sentence which we call. Example: We discovered a new attack model which we call "man-in-the-middle" attack Or We discovered a new attack model ...
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Word for 'most late'

Latest in English means most recent. Then, how do we say something is 'most late'? For example, all the candidates for a job receive their interview schedules. I don't exactly know the entire ...
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Is it okay to use “to present” to mean “to make a gift” in informal setting?

I'd like to say: I was going to present you another book. Meaning, "to make a gift." But from what I can see, "to present" and "to gift" are used in this sense in rather formal contexts. I could ...
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Is “I loved it very much that I had to buy it” wrong?

This sentence was on my English test today and the answer states that the sentence below is grammatically wrong but I feel like there is nothing wrong about it. I loved it very much that I had to ...
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Is the “are” in this sentence ungrammatical?

Is the “are” in this sentence ungrammatical? ​‎How do you feel about some people are calling you "Toma-chan" in Japan?
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Stand or standing in “why are you getting irritated for my standing here?” [duplicate]

Is it correct to write why are you getting irritated for my standing here? I am in confused if i need to use stand or standing
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Is “a lot” a kind of pleonasm with “has been raining”?

It has been raining a lot since you have been here. Is it OK to add a lot to this sentence because been raining almost constantly? Is it not a pleonasm: the use of more words than are necessary to ...
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…hoped that you would/could have been

X: "It's a big thing, so I was there with her." Y: "How did it go?" X: "Fine, though I think she had hoped that you would/could have been there too." Is the third piece of dialogue natural in the ...
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An idiomatic word for “very little” in this context?

The country has produced less than 1 percent of the global output. The country's share of the global output is (very) _____ . Small, little, tiny, few, low are in my mind. But I don't know what is ...
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Difference between “to enter through”, “to enter from”, “to enter by”

Are all of the sentences below correct and usual? Do they mean the same? He entered the bedroom through the window. He entered the bedroom from the window. He entered the bedroom by the window.
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Why did he use “looking” word in this situation?

I was watching Sky news live and the journalist said: "And now, it's time for looking the weather". I would have said: "And now, it's time for look the weather". Using look in infinitive form. ...
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How can I express “exclaim or say something not out loud, but in my heart, silently”

For example, upon my first arrival in a new city, I was shocked by the backwardness of this place, so I thought to myself, what a shitty place, why do I even come here. But of course, I wouldn't say ...
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Is there a word for wanting something more after losing it?

Is there a word that somewhat resembles wanting something more after losing [possession of] it? By something it can be for example: a person (family relative, close friend, relation partner) that is ...
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Can we say “I have culture shock here” to exactly mean “I experience culture shock here”?

Are these two sentences interchangeable? "I have culture shock here." "I experience culture shock here." I know that "have" can be used to mean "experience" before some words including "shock"; but ...
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On using “to what extent there exist”

Is the phrase to what extent there exist a correct phrase? For example: To what extent there exist disadvantaged families in this area? I searched on it in google but did not find it used. ...
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Why say “…workers who had this, or who that…” instead of “…workers who had this, and those who had that…”?

I wrote the following sentence: Regionally differentiating weekly EI benefits affects workers who had shorter work periods, and those who had inconsistent weekly earnings prior to their layoff (...
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The period of time before an event

Consider the following scenario: My friend just took an exam and I want to ask him how long before the exam did he start his preparation. How will I say this? How long before the exam did you ...
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Why is the head master not The Head Master?

Head Master is the Head of an Institute.We usually write The Principal in upper case. Why is the word head master written in a lower case.
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What's the diffence between [be verb] VS. [be to verb]?

1-a. All you need to do is say sorry first. 1-b. All you need to do is to say sorry first. 2-a. Their top priority is save life. 2-b. Their top priority is to save life. Sometimes I see sentences ...
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On using “understand more”

Is this sentence correct? This is the problem we want to understand more.
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Using the word “worthwhile” alone

If I want to describe something in a sentence like: We believe that doing X is worthwhile. In particular I mean can I use worthwhile without following it with a noun like endeavor or something ...
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“Ascent“ or ”descent" in the context of ancestry?

Ascent: 3 : a going back in time or upward in order of genealogical succession Descent: 1 : a : derivation from an ancestor Which should I use to refer to someone who has a, let's say ...
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Difference between an adviser and supervisor

As far as I know, an adviser is the one who offers an advice. A supervisor is the one who makes sure things are done correctly. In a media channel a person who checks things at the final stage to ...
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Is it “at” or “in” or “on” stack exchange? [duplicate]

Could someone tell me which is correct? is there an alternative? Thank you. You are at Stack exchange site. You are in Stack exchange site. You are on Stack exchange site. I checked ...
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I have some reservations about reservations

The Indian constitution provided reservations to some weaker sections in the society. Once I used the sentence on Linked In and an English scholar said that the use of reservations in the ...
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Available to VS Available for?

Question is simple and straightforward. Which one to use when and why? The data is available for the public. (Why or why not correct) OR The data is available to the public. (Why or why not ...