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    appropriate as verb

    Hello

    Imagine you want to write an essay about a problem in an international exam.

    Is it correct to use "appropriate" as verb like this?

    More money should be appropriated by the government to resolve the problem of air pollution.

    More money should be appropriated by the government to resolve the problem of animal extinction.

    More money should be appropriated by the government to expand roads and highways.

    More money should be appropriated for research into the disease.

    More money should be appropriated for educating children about history.

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    Re: appropriate as verb

    What do you mean exactly by appropriated?

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    Re: appropriate as verb

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    What do you mean exactly by appropriated?
    I mean allocate.

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    Re: appropriate as verb

    Then no, appropriated is not right. Use allocated, if that's what you mean.

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    #5

    Re: appropriate as verb

    I can't see anything wrong with using 'appropriate' in those examples as a synonym for 'allocate'.
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    Re: appropriate as verb

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Then no, appropriated is not right. Use allocated, if that's what you mean.
    What is the difference between them?

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    Re: appropriate as verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    I can't see anything wrong with using 'appropriate' in those examples as a synonym for 'allocate'.

    Do you think all of them are correct?

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    #8

    Re: appropriate as verb

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    What is the difference between them?
    The meaning.

    To me at least, appropriate has a core sense of taking something from where it normally belongs whereas allocate has a core sense of giving a share of something.

    If the idea is that the government has a reserve of money specifically to be spent in certain areas, use allocate.

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    Re: appropriate as verb

    Appropriate is exactly the right verb in American English. That's what our legislatures do when they direct the executive to spend money. It's even in the name of the Senate committee responsible for distributing government spending.

    Learners who don't already know how the verb and adjective versions of appropriate differ in meaning and pronunciation should look them up.
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    Re: appropriate as verb

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    The meaning.

    To me at least, appropriate has a core sense of taking something from where it normally belongs whereas allocate has a core sense of giving a share of something.

    If the idea is that the government has a reserve of money specifically to be spent in certain areas, use allocate.
    I found these examples in different dictionaries:

    The town has appropriated funds to repair the bridge and work should begin this summer.
    Five million dollars has been appropriated for research into the disease.
    Senator Lugar is skeptical that Congress will appropriate more funding for this purpose.

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