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    to demotivate (prepositions)

    Hello! I'd like to ask for some information about the verb to demotivate. I found it in some dictionaries, and a colleague of mine (a teacher of English, like me) insists on including this verb in the custom vocabularies for his Intermediate-level students. I, on the other hand, am doubtful because it seems to me that this word is a quite recent artificial derivative of 'demotivation', which is not that common itself, and thus isn't really a truly literary word. I may be wrong here.

    Considering that using this word is acceptable, my other concern is prepositions. My colleague insists that demotivate as a verb can be used with preposition from, similarly to discourage from. I know that there are such expressions as 'to demotivate somebody', without preposition, but I haven't found a single example of using this verb with from.

    I'd be happy to hear some expert opinion on this matter.

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    Re: to demotivate (prepositions)

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_Ash View Post
    Considering that using this word is acceptable, ... I haven't found a single example of using this verb with from.
    Have a look at the second sentence in the More Example Sentences section here:

    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de...ish/demotivate


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    Re: to demotivate (prepositions)

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Have a look at the second sentence in the More Example Sentences section here:

    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de...ish/demotivate

    Huh, that's interesting. So it is possible after all. Thanks!

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