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  1. Mehrgan's Avatar
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    'Motive' or 'Motivation'?

    Hi there,

    I hope somebody would kindly tell me about the differeneces between the two, or, please, give me a few examples when one can't be used instead of the other?



    So many thanks!

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    Re: 'Motive' or 'Motivation'?

    Hi,
    motivation - WordReference.com Dictionary of English
    motive - WordReference.com Dictionary of English

    Personally, I tend to use "motivation" in its second definition ("desire to do something; enthusiasm) rather than as a synonym to "motive." Although I'm aware that this might be oversimplifying, it has worked so far.

    Greetings,

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: 'Motive' or 'Motivation'?

    A criminal has a motive.

    The team has a motivation to win.

    That's the common way these terms are used.

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