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What are mild versions of unrequited love?

We'd say a situation where you treat someone as a friend but they do not appreciate you in return was a "one-sided friendship". People who appear to be your friend but abandon you when you ...
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Do you say "give a sociable compliment" when you mean you give a compliment as a way to socialize with people but it's not a true praise?

White lie, or "flattery" (if the intention is to influence or deceive). Or "Just being friendly and/pr polite". The other suggestions are not idiomatic.
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How do you express that your children to sit down to study by themselves without your urge?

There are no magic words. You just make a sentence using the normal meaning of words. "Self-awareness" doesn't mean "without external urging" so that expression doesn't work. The ...
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How do you express that your children to sit down to study by themselves without your urge?

My children study of their own accord. My children study of their own volition. My children study of their own free will.
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What are mild versions of unrequited love?

I don't know of a noun for such a relationship. We say, "His friendship was not returned" or "not reciprocated". Or "His attempts at friendship ..." or "His friendly ...
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How do you express that your children to sit down to study by themselves without your urge?

"Happily" is often used to indicate that someone does something willingly. While you could pedantically point out that doing something happily can still mean only doing it when instructed (...
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What is a misreading error called?

Misreading or misread are acceptable terms for this.: Any case of suspected misread loses A (and B) marks on that part, but can gain the M marks. "Seebo" would not be understood (it's not ...
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What is a misreading error called?

There are some nouns, but some aren't nearly as common as 'typo', and they aren't necessarily specific to reading. A gaffe is any unintentional act or remark. It is often used to describe mistakes ...
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Do you say "give a sociable compliment" when you mean you give a compliment as a way to socialize with people but it's not a true praise?

In formal gatherings, when people do not know each other, they tend to avoid awkward silences in some way. Paying a compliment on someone's appearance is an ice-breaker, and, if sincere, can help the ...
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What words for describing or referring to a person showing off wits?

In the spirit of "keep it simple", a person who shows of their wit is said to by witty. A thesaurus can give other terms: humorous amusing, droll, funny, comic, chucklesome, sparkling, ...
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what word or phrase describes one who doesn't know about plants/flowers?

You could use the phrase "botanically illiterate" to describe a lack of knowledge of plants. You could use "illiteracy" in this way to describe a profound ignorance of almost any ...
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What are the 2 moving pieces hinged on a toilet bowl called?

No, the one with a hole is a seat, not cover. The part names are shown in the first diagram on the left. As for the other part, we can call it seat cover, as shown in the diagram, or lid; we need not ...
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Is there a word or phrase describing a tree in winter with all its leaves fallen off?

A tree loses its leaves, so it's quite common to say “the trees have lost all their leaves”. The verb shed is sometimes used instead, so we get “the trees have shed all their leaves”. Meanwhile the ...
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Do you have a common term to express the cost of seeing a doctor in contrast with the medication cost?

"Doctor visit" is good. Conceivably one could debate whether "doctor visit" includes services by other people done at the time you visited the doctor. Like I used to go to a doctor ...
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Do you have a common term to express the cost of seeing a doctor in contrast with the medication cost?

As far as I know, a doctor's visit refers to the consultation and possibly associated procedures with the doctor, differentiating it from medication which is typically purchased separately. You can ...
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A natural way of inquiring the length of time elapsed since a certain act in the past

I would go in a slightly different direction, without focusing on who performed the opening: How long has it been open? If you don't mind a bit of squabble from some old-school purists who will ...
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A natural way of inquiring the length of time elapsed since a certain act in the past

A few examples: How much time has it been since you opened it? How much time has passed since you opened it? How long has it been since you opened it? This might be less formal, but you can also say:...
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what word or phrase describes one who doesn't know about plants/flowers?

There are also colorful expressions, like I can't tell an orchid from my elbow
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What are mild versions of unrequited love?

A common phrase to describe the give-and-take of friendship is to say that "friendship is a two-way street". A dysfunctional friendship where one person puts in all the work with no ...
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How do you express that your children to sit down to study by themselves without your urge?

My children are self-motivated to study. Free will is a bit strong here. If you do not urge them to study, they are self-motivated.
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How do you express that your children to sit down to study by themselves without your urge?

I think you hit the nail on the head with "self-motivated". I would say this exactly and idiomatically expresses what you are getting at. "My children are self-motivated to study." ...
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How do you express that your children to sit down to study by themselves without your urge?

My children initiate studying without being prompted. is exactly the message expressed in the title, correcting for the awkward word choice. My children take the initiative to study. is very ...
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How do you express that your children to sit down to study by themselves without your urge?

My children have developed independent study habit. My children study by their own will.
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How do I Americanize "Fat lot of good X will do you"?

Chicagoan here. While this is something any American who's read a British book should have no difficulty with, if I were writing dialogue for an American character I'd probably have them say a few ...
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How to describe "burst into laughter and spit out water" in more idiomatic English?

I can mention some expressions for such a situation as the above one She spat out her drink laughing She burst into laughing and spat out her drink. The funny news had me doing a spit-take on my ...
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How would you describe an aggressive guy who tends to fight people most of the time in AmE?

He's a "rabble rouser" if he gets other people involved in his fights. He's "explosive" if little things enrage him.
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