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    Smile passionate about

    Please check out the following sentence. Is it acceptable?

    If you are passionate about something, don't be afraid to dream big and take calculated risks.

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    Re: passionate about

    Grrrr - do I dislike the word 'passionate'? Yes I do, very much. It has become so fashionable over the last few years that it is now a word to be avoided. I blame the cult of TV cookery programmes: everybody in them has to say how passionate they are about cooking. Also every company has to tell us how passionate it is about its particular product or service. So try to find an alternative.

    'Dream big' is quite the opposite: so unusual as to make the reader stop and look again. Perhaps you want that, but a more normal use would be 'think big'.

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    Smile Re: passionate about

    If you display great ardor for something, don't be afraid to think big and take calculated risks.

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    Re: passionate about

    Hey, you've just looked up 'passionate' in a dictionary! That only tells you what it means, without giving you practical alternatives. Think about it. It's what your brain's for.

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    Re: passionate about

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    If you are passionate about something, don't be afraid to dream big and take calculated risks.
    Asiuhto, that sentence is fine.

    The Dude thinks the word is overused. I don't like it very much, though I am not so passionate about my dislike as the Dude.

    It's commonly used. In your sentence, I think it is appropriate.

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