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    Default Vocabulary Question 'redistribute'

    Hi English Teacher,
    Is my sentence acceptable? Thanks a lot in advance.
    I have redistributed the pocket money with my brother because he has recently gained a lot of weight.

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    It doesn't work for me. Did you give your pocket money to your brother? If so, I don't see the connection with his weight gain. I'm afraid I can't see what money moved and the reason for the movement.

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    Hi Tdol,
    I share the money with him because he needs more money to buy food.

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    Default Re: Vocabulary Question 'redistribute'

    You are encouraging him to put on more weight by giving him money for extra food?
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    Hi emsr2d2,
    money.

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    I gave my brother my pocket money because he's spending more on food???

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    My brother has recently gained a lot of weight and needs more food so I have decided to give him some of my pocket money.

    Only your parents can redistribute the pocket money, by changing the ratio they give to you and to your brother. You are not redistributing it, you are simply sharing your pocket money with your brother.
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    Thanks emsr2d2.

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    Hi emsr2d2,
    can I say'My brother has gained a lot of weight recently so my parents have redistributed my pocket money for him to buy more food'?

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    Default Re: Vocabulary Question 'redistribute'

    Quote Originally Posted by Loh Jane View Post
    can I say'My brother has gained a lot of weight recently so my parents have redistributed my pocket money for him to buy more food'?
    The whole thing sounds very unnatural to me for a number of reasons:

    1. Parents usually give pocket money to children. Children who are in receipt of pocket money from their parents usually do not have to buy their own food.
    2. Gaining weight is not normally a justification for buying more food.
    3. The idea of 'redistributing' one person's pocket money is strange. It is the whole amount given as pocket money to both children that is being redistributed. I think that native speakers of BrE would be more likely to say something like, "My parents have cut my pocket money and increased my brother's".

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