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Dear Ted,
I'm not sure if I'm using the words "remaining" and "remainder" correctly in the following sentences. In other words, do the following sentences make sense and are they grammatically correct?
1. My doctor told me I only have one year to live.  I want to spend my remaining days traveling.
2. I want to spend the remainder of my life traveling.

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Dear Glen:
  
I'm not sure if I'm using the words "remaining" and "remainder" correctly in the following sentences. In other words, do the following sentences make sense and are they grammatically correct?

1. My doctor told me I only have one year to live.  I want to spend my remaining days traveling.
2. I want to spend the remainder of my life traveling.

Your two sentences are correct in every respect.  I would not change a word in either sentence.

"Remaining" and "remainder" are synonyms.

Good work!

Ted

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