Enthusiasm Vs Motivation

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Xavier da Silva

Senior Member
Hello everyone,


After checking the dictionary W.R here, a question came to mind: which of the options sounds more appropriate?


a. When you get paid on time and are treated well, you work with more enthusiasm. [my example]

Vs

b. When you get paid on time and are treated well, you work with more motivation. [my example]


My opinion is that "enthusiasm" is the better option because it sounds more natural according to the definitions here on WR dictionary. What do you think?


Thank you in advance!
 
  • e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    I also prefer enthusiasm.
    You can indeed work with enthusiasm, but I would not replace this with motivation, which is something that drives you. Instead I would say you are more motivated in your work.
     

    kkamann

    Member
    English (US)
    Agreed. Sentence A is better. Motivated describes the person, not how he/she is working. In sentence B, "motivation" is describing "work". Whereas in e2efour's example, "motivated" is describing "you".
     
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