(motivation/motivational/motivating) factors

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Senior Member
To reword "factors of motivation", I have seen people write "motivation factors", "motivational factors" and "motivating factors". Are they all acceptable and have the same meaning?

For example: Money is a very strong motivation/motivational/motivating factor pushing people to do overtime work.

Many thanks.
  • PaulQ

    English - England
    The are all very similar with a very slight (and probably unimportant) nuance: in all the examples "factors" is qualified by a variant of motive:

    "motivation factors" -> factors associated with motivation.
    "motivational factors" -> factors that motivate
    "motivating factors" -> factors that are in the process of motivating someone.

    Your example sentence has problems.

    Enquiring Mind

    Senior Member
    English - the Queen's
    Hi Edison, you could say of the three. To my (BE) ears, "motivation" or "motivating" sound natural here. I personally wouldn't say "motivational", though other people may find it ok. I suppose you could always do an ngram search on the three terms. I reckon "motivational" (combined with "factor") would probably be the least used of the three.
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