1. ## Graph or curve

Please let me know if the sentence mentioned below is right and does is it make any sense

My learning graph is going up.

Where is your career graph going?

Regards

Prince Sabharwal

2. ## Re: Graph or curve

Good question (the one in the title). To a mathematician a straight line is a curve. The curve x = y is just a straight line at a 45 deg. angle.

As a result, the stronger collocation for 'learning' is 'curve'. As it happens, a 'learning curve' is usually not a straight line. But even if it was, it'd still be called a 'learning curve'.

I've never heard of a *'career graph', or even '*career curve'. The more common collocation for 'career' is 'trajectory'. Another image taken from flight is when a career 'stalls' (a fixed-wing aeroplane stalls when it gets too slow to maintain lift - you've probably seen disaster movies where a civilian is being 'talked down' from the control tower, and he's told 'you're not going to make it at this speed - she's bound to stall' )

b

PS Here's some BNC output for 'learning' followed by a noun:
1 LEARNING DIFFICULTIES 400
2 LEARNING PROCESS 232
3 LEARNING EXPERIENCE 80
4 LEARNING CURVE 72
5 LEARNING DISABILITIES 66
6 LEARNING EXPERIENCES 65
7 LEARNING ENVIRONMENT 64
8 LEARNING OUTCOMES 62
9 LEARNING OUTCOME 53
10 LEARNING PROCESSES 52
11 LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES 51
12 LEARNING MATERIALS 45
13 LEARNING PROGRAMME 43
14 LEARNING DIFFICULTY 42
15 LEARNING THEORY 41
16 LEARNING RESOURCES 38
17 LEARNING DISABILITY 37
18 LEARNING SKILLS 37
19 LEARNING NEEDS 34
20 LEARNING SITUATION 33
21 LEARNING ACTIVITIES 31
22 LEARNING ENGLISH 28
23 LEARNING METHODS 25
24 LEARNING CENTRE 23
25 LEARNING SUPPORT 23
27 LEARNING STRATEGIES 21
29 LEARNING OBJECTIVES 18
30 LEARNING SITUATIONS 17
31 LEARNING STYLES 16
32 LEARNING CURVES 15
...
More here: http://corpus.byu.edu/bnc/ . Adding 15 for the plural, 'learning curve/s' comes third.

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