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    Incentive, discouraging factor

    Dear teachers

    I am looking for a noun to replace the word "incentive" in the sentence below. As I want to explain that, higher prices would generally discourage the use of electricity. And I doubt of the word "incentive" is appropriate.

    "However, instead of calling for the use of less power to save our environment and money, many Hong Kong people choose to urge against China Power’s proposed 9.2% increase in electricity tariffs for 2012, which is an incentive to use less electricity."

    Please advise



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    Re: Incentive, discouraging factor

    not a teacher

    The increase in price would tend to encourage the use of less electricity, not discourage it.
    So, "incentive" is fine here, with the sense of inducement, motivation.

    I would use "resist" rather than "urge against".

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    Re: Incentive, discouraging factor

    The verb "incentivise/incentivize" is becoming increasingly common.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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