Habit vs.Temptation

‘I never resist temptation because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me’  George Bernard Shaw

A lovely discussion around a connotation of  ‘temptation’ word emerged in the CPE-prep group last week. One of the best students came up with the entry from the LDOCE, supporting her idea that ‘temptation’ has a negative connotation anyway:

Which in tern acted as a springboard for a new discussion: whether temptation is always bad or it can be good like Jane’s example of a temptation to donate money for poor. On googling it I found a numbesr of entries, e.g. this. Then, it all made me think of a connotation issue again: I mean, whether we are able to come up with examples of connotative pairs here or wait for the end of the unit to revise it again? I do have some examples and you ;-)?

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6 thoughts on “Habit vs.Temptation

  1. Larina

    I have some examples but I need to check.

  2. Katya

    IMHO, it’d be better to revise it later ’cause maybe we’d be able to know (feel, see etc.) the differences between habits & temptation then)

  3. Thanks girls, we’ll do. Next week, perhaps 😉

  4. Как интересно все здесь написано.

  5. Материал понравился, думаю будет что почитать в каментах.

  6. Kate

    tempt [transitive]

    1 to try to persuade someone to do something by making it seem attractivetempt somebody into doing something:
    The new program is designed to tempt young people into studying engineering.

    3 tempt fate (also tempt providence) – British English

    b) to say too confidently that something will have a good result, that there will be no problems etc, when it is likely there will be problems

    (c) Longman Dictionary,
    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/tempt

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