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Posted: Thursday, November 02, 2017 10:07:16 AM
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A. I discourage you from smoking.
B. I encourage you not to smoke.

When one wants to get someone out of bad habits, which way of saying (A or B) is used in most cases?

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Posted: Thursday, November 02, 2017 10:13:09 AM

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It depends. If it is something you can stop doing, like stopping smoking, then then you take a negative attitude - laws and taxes are designed to discourage people from smoking.
I want to discourage you from taking drugs, or walking on railway lines.

But mostly you want to be positive.
I encourage you to eat healthily. I encourage you to stop smoking and start exercising more.

So it is a personal style. Telling people to stop doing something rarely works. It is more effective to encourage them to do things differently. It is purely a personal choice, how you say it.
Posted: Thursday, November 02, 2017 12:51:34 PM
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Onsen - it's a difference in attitudes, too: - anyone who's had a child, or trained an animal, would probably choose to talk about encouraging rather than discouraging.
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