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    Is it understandable?

    Hello everyone

    I'd like to ask if the following sentence is understandable for English speakers:

    If an incentive is anticipated but it does not happen, the person is unlikely to repeat his/her behavior in the future.

    The meaning is as follows:

    For example, an employee thinks: If I work very well, my boss will increase my salary. He/she does his/her best, but the boss does not increase the salary, so the employee thinks: I won't do my best again.


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    Re: Is it understandable?

    Quote Originally Posted by KLPNO View Post
    Hello everyone

    I'd like to ask if the following sentence is understandable for English speakers:

    If an incentive is anticipated but it does not happen, the person is unlikely to repeat his/her behavior in the future.

    The meaning is as follows:

    For example, an employee thinks: If I work very well, my boss will increase my salary. He/she does his/her best, but the boss does not increase the salary, so the employee thinks: I won't do my best again.

    I'm not a teacher, but here are my thoughts:

    The sentence is easily understandable. That said, I might expand it a little, something like "If a person anticipates that a certain action or behaviour will be rewarded with an incentive, but the incentive is not given, the person is unlikely to repeat the action or behaviour in the future."

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    Re: Is it understandable?

    If a reward is anticipated but does not happen, the person may be unlikely to repeat his/her behavior in the future.

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