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I'm writing something and there are a couple of things that I get mixed up.

I'm (committing / devoting) too much time to preparing myself for getting a job. I'm kind of being intense about getting a job.

  1. I think devoting is right, but I'd like to know if I could use committing here.

  2. I think intense about something means giving too much energy about something, and that's why I used it in the sentence. but, I'm not sure exactly what intense means.

It would mean a lot to me, if you could help me.

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That which has been committed has been promised or dedicated to a future endeavor. That which has been devoted has been already put to use.

If you are committing time to prepare for a job search, you are not searching for the job yet. The time has been identified as available for the search when it begins.

If you are devoting time to a job search, you are either searching for a job now, or planning to do such a search (since the present-tense can be used as an expression of future events).

  • I have no idea what you mean.... sorry.. – jihoon Jan 25 '16 at 12:37
  • Try reading it again. If you can pose your question, you can understand this answer. Commitment looks to the future. Devotion acts in the present. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jan 25 '16 at 12:39
  • Oh, now I got it. thank you, but how about "intense"? now matter how I tried to find it, I failed to get what I want. – jihoon Jan 25 '16 at 12:42
  • Rolling two questions into one is not considered good practice here on ELL. You should ask about being intense about in a separate question – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jan 25 '16 at 12:44
  • Oh, sorry, I will – jihoon Jan 25 '16 at 12:47

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