intense vs intensive : Common Errors in English

About intense vs intensive

If you are putting forth an intense effort, your work is “intense”: “Myintense study of Plato convinced me that I would make a good leader.”But when the intensity stems not so much from your effort as it does fromoutside forces, the usual word is “intensive”: “the village enduredintensive bombing.”

intense Meaning(s)

  • (a) possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
  • (s) extremely sharp or intense
  • (s) (of color) having the highest saturation

intensive Meaning(s)

  • (n) a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies
  • (s) characterized by a high degree or intensity; often used as a combining form
  • (a) tending to give force or emphasis
  • (a) of agriculture; intended to increase productivity of a fixed area by expending more capital and labor

intense in News

  1. Intense line of storms moves into Ohio and West Virginia

      An intense line of thunderstorms with a history of producing damaging wind continues to move south and east into southern Ohio and West Virginia.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: WOWK-TV West Virginia

  2. CDC: Intense heat, weather to stick around

    Whether you believe that climate change is real or not, the fact remains that the summers are getting hotter and the storms are more intense.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: WTOP Radio Washington, DC

  3. Intense Brush Fire Makes Residents Nervous In Centennial

    Intense flames shot out of a green belt area around 5:45 p.m. Saturday in Centennial
    on June 10, 2013 Source: CBS Denver

intensive in News

  1. Alaska Summer Theatre Intensive begins June 30

    Perseverance Theatre's Alaska Summer Theatre Intensive, a nine-day training program for actors and other theater artists, will be held this year from June 30 through July 7 at the theater in Douglas.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Juneau Empire

  2. Man in intensive care after alleged felony assault

    A 19-year-old Mill Valley man is in intensive care with major head injuries after being struck with a bottle during an early Sunday morning fight on Alta Vista Avenue.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Mill Valley Herald

  3. Mandela Remains in Intensive Care

    Well-wishers gathered to pray for the former South African president as he spent a fourth day in intensive care for a lung infection.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: New York Times

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