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“Use” vs “usage”

As a non-native speaker, I have trouble deciding whether to use 'use' or 'usage'.

The aim of this paper is to demonstrate a working prototype of a wireless sensor network [...] for industrial (use|usage).

Are both versions equivalent, or is one preferred over the other?

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marked as duplicate by jwpat7, kiamlaluno, Matt E. Эллен, Mahnax, tchrist Aug 26 '12 at 15:24

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Both, use and usage, are equally correct.

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... but whenever use is possible, usage shouldn't appear: hence, "... industrial use" is a better choice. – Elberich Schneider Jun 4 '12 at 9:04

"The aim of this paper is to demonstrate a working prototype of a wireless sensor network [...] for industrial USE." sounds more appropriate.

USAGE is mostly used for quantitative figures e.g. the USAGE this month was XXX MB.

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