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onsen
Posted: Thursday, November 02, 2017 10:07:16 AM
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Hello,

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?

Thank you
thar
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.
Romany
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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