I'm writing Personal Statement for Grad school. I wonder if it's correct to say "My passion for research starts from an early age?"

I didn't find problem at first, but then felt uncomfortable because passion itself can not behave itself and instead I should say "I started to have passion for research since an early age"?

But later I feel both are fine? Still confused.

Any advice is appreciated!

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    First, not the second. The first could also be "My passion...started..." depending on tense you're using in the rest of the personal statement.
    – mkennedy
    Dec 16, 2017 at 22:25
  • I'd go with began at here.
    – Phil Sweet
    Dec 16, 2017 at 22:53
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    started from an early age, otherwise it sounds like poor attempt at historical past.
    – Lambie
    Apr 14, 2023 at 14:44

1 Answer 1


My passion for research started at an early age. I have had a passion for research since an early age.

Study the usage of "Since" some more.

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