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Prompt: To prompt someone to do something means to make them decide to do it.

What is the difference between these two sentences with respect to meaning, implications etc?

1.Japan's recession has prompted consumers to cut back on buying cars.

2. Japan's recession has caused consumers to cut back on buying cars.

Thank you.

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cause sounds more direct. eg The fall from the roof caused his death.

prompt sounds less direct. eg The dark clouds prompted him to take his umbrella. The idea here is 'they made him think about taking it'.