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D00M
Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 6:09:47 AM

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Hello respected teachers,

Is the following grammatical and natural?

Our government allocates a lion share of the budget to keep our traditions alive.

I am looking forward to your answers.
Romany
Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 6:14:08 AM
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The phrase is actually "the lion's share" and, expressed that way, it's fine in this context.
thar
Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 6:36:16 AM

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The lion's share (the share of the meat that the lion eats) is the biggest share, the best meat.
The hyenas and vultures and everything else only eat when the lions leave the carcase.

(Not strictly true, since a pack of hyenas can force a lion or two off a kill. But for the purposes of idiom, true enough).





D00M
Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 8:37:38 AM

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Thank you both.

How about this one?

Our government allocates the lion's share of the budget to keep our traditions alive.

I am looking forward to your answers.
thar
Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 8:58:00 AM

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'Allocate to' something - 'to' is a preposition before a noun. Not part of an infinitive.

...allocates the lion's share of the budget to healthcare
....,.......................................to the military
............................................to keeping our traditions alive


But that is a result, so I think it is better to say where the money actually goes:

......allocates the lion's share of the budget to projects working to keep our traditions alive


Or whatever it is you mean.
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