In a context as follows:

A passion in science and technology, which has considerably intensified by gaining more knowledge in physics and electronics, continuously motivates me to take up engineering.

Is it correct to say the passion has intensified?

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    You should clarify your question by pointing out the reason why it seems problematic to you.
    – Færd
    Oct 20, 2015 at 18:17
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    Intensify is transitive (intensify something) and needs a complement. You may use instead grown, escalated, heightened, deepened, strengthened, reinforced, ...
    – Graffito
    Oct 20, 2015 at 18:17

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A passion has intensified is not ungrammatical (see reference below), but is inelegant. In addition, the sentence has several other rough edges grammar-wise. You might want to rephrase it. Consider:

My passion for science and technology, which grew considerably stronger through a deeper knowledge in physics and electronics, is what motivates me to take up engineering.

To intensify can be intransitive:

v. intr. To become intense or more intense:

The search intensified as dusk approached.


  • You are perfectly right, using "intensifiy" intransitively is correct. But, in the OP sentence, it didn't really sound natural in OP sentence.
    – Graffito
    Oct 20, 2015 at 19:29
  • No, it didn't, no argument there.
    – A.P.
    Oct 20, 2015 at 19:30

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