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semantic nuance

Differences? intense vs passionate

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semantic nuance

Hi,

A friend asked a question which I could not tell their semantic nuances from each other. I'd like to ask for help here. What's the difference between 'intense' and 'passionate'? Could you please also give examples to juxtapose these two words in a sentence?

Thanks in advance!

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skylee

This is such a good exam question. :)

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semantic nuance
This is such a good exam question.

Ah! indeed! But it's not from a test. Actually, its' from J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace. There's a sentence--In the field of sex his temperament, though intense, has never been passionate.

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fanglu

Intense means strong and can be used to describe a broader range of things (eg including sensory perceptions and feelings) than passionate. Passionate means either emotional or having strong feelings.

Examples:

The flower had an intensely sweet aroma.

A passionate man, he angered easily. / He was a passionate republican.

In your sentence my reading of it would be that he engaged in sex actively, but without much emotion.

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anonymoose

Also, intense is a neutral word, and can describe negative things as well as positive, such as an "intense storm" or an "intense interrogation".

Passionate, on the other hand, describes a person's interest and enthusiasm, and thus is usually only used in a positive sense.

Personally, I don't see why there should be any confusion between these two words. To me, they seem to be entirely different things.

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liuzhou

Intense pain - Intense feelings

Passionate pain - Passionate feelings

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semantic nuance

Thank you all for your inputs. So what would you attempt to translate 'intense' and 'passionate' respectively in Chinese? :D

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anonymoose

Probably, like most words, the best translation would depend on the specific context, but maybe something like 剧烈 for intense, and 热情 for passionate.

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semantic nuance

謝謝! anonymoose!

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tooironic

Consider also 激情 for passionate.

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