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    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?

    Please help

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    Prince Sabharwal

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    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
    26 LEARNING TASKS 22
    27 LEARNING STRATEGIES 21
    28 LEARNING TASK 20
    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.
    Last edited by BobK; 11-Jul-2011 at 12:02. Reason: PS added

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