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    Jaggers is offline Junior Member
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    "focus intensely" and/or "focus intensively"

    Seems our media is always on the look-out for hyperbole, and it's no longer enough to focus on an issue, it needs something more superlative.

    "Focus intensely" seems to be accepted but I have recently noticed "focus intensively" being used by media that should be authoritative. The presenter may mean to use "intensely" but can you "focus intensively"?

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    Re: "focus intensely" and/or "focus intensively"

    Maybe if your veins are throbbing.

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    billmcd is offline Key Member
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    Re: "focus intensely" and/or "focus intensively"

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaggers View Post
    Seems our media is always on the look-out for hyperbole, and it's no longer enough to focus on an issue, it needs something more superlative.

    "Focus intensely" seems to be accepted but I have recently noticed "focus intensively" being used by media that should be authoritative. The presenter may mean to use "intensely" but can you "focus intensively"?
    Oh, the media, the media...and their liberties! It would help if you provided a quote or more complete example, but sometimes, believe it or not, the media misuses terms. Could/should it have been "intently"?


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    Re: "focus intensely" and/or "focus intensively"

    I doubt it. It seems to me that the 'writer' assumes that longer words sound clever.

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    Re: "focus intensely" and/or "focus intensively"

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I doubt it. It seems to me that the 'writer' assumes that longer words sound clever.

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    More cleverer.

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