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    Default How to use 'it' to refer to a thing correctly?

    Hi, the sentence I wrote is- The second largest share is given to the Current Military with 28% of the budget while the Past Military received money 10 percent less than it.

    Is it correct to use 'it' here? Does this 'it' mean the 28% of the budget the Current Military received?

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    Default Re: How to use 'it' to refer to a thing correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Miao.L View Post
    Hi, the sentence I wrote is- The second largest share is given to the Current Military with 28% of the budget while the Past Military received money 10 percent less than it.

    Is it correct to use 'it' here? Does this 'it' mean the 28% of the budget the Current Military received?

    Thank you!
    Here is my revised version of your sentence:

    The second largest share is given to the Current Military, with 28% of the budget, while the Past Military receive 10% less.

    "It" isn't required, nor are several other words in your original example, as you can see above. In your sentence, "it" simply referred to the budget, not to the percentage.

    There is a budget.
    The Current Military gets 28% of it.
    The Past Military gets 18% of it.

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