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Hello Sir!

Please help me with this sentence whether it is correct or not. I wrote the sentence in my IELTS essay.

"23% and 10% of the government budget in Italy and the UK was spent on roads and transport".

I am not sure if I wrote the verb "was" in this sentence whether it is correct or not because I think in this case, the phrase "government budget" is uncountable noun.

Thank you.

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Hi, Moon Le,

"Grammar Ask" is not a correct phrase (you should have said "Grammar Question"), but even "Grammar Question" is not a suitable title for this forum — all questions here are about grammar. Next time, please be more specific, for example: Is "budget" a singular noun?

@Moon Le posted:

"23% and 10% of the government budget in Italy and the UK was spent on roads and transport".

The noun "budget" is singular, so "was" is correct. However, the sentence above is ambiguous. Is "roads and transport" (transportation in AmE) a unit, or are "roads" and "transport" two different items on which different percentages of the budget were spent? I believe that what you meant to say is that the Italian government assigned 23% while the UK government assigned 10% of their respective budgets to roads and transportation.

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