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~ sth (in sb/sth)
1. They claim that some computer games encourage violent behaviour in young children.
2. Music and lighting are used to encourage shoppers to buy more.

Can I say "Music and lighting are used to encourage shoppers in buying more" instead of #2?
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Hi,

1. They claim that some computer games encourage violent behaviour in young children.
2. Music and lighting are used to encourage shoppers to buy more.

Can I say "Music and lighting are used to encourage shoppers in buying more" instead of #2?

I wouldn't say that is wrong, but it is less idiomatic, less natural.

Clive
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As far as i know, encourage only goes with infinitive.
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