Entertainment / entertaining allowance

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All the government officers get an entertainment / entertaining allowance.

Which word is more appropritate?

asked Jun 09 '13 at 16:59 Z. A. Jazley Contributor

The word "entertaining" is a verb showing action.Entertainment is a noun, (a person, place, or thing). Entertainment is, of course, a noun/thing in your sentence. An allowance is also a noun (thing). What kind of allowance? An entertainment allowance.The verb in your sentence is "get". A better choice might be "receive". It is appropriate to write the following:All government officers receive an entertainment allowance.

LSMCJun 09 '13 at 23:20

Thanks a lot. Your reply is helpful.

Z. A. JazleyJun 10 '13 at 09:46

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I suggest that an 'entertainment allowance' is preferable. This connotes that the allowance is used for entertainment. An 'entertaining allowance' could be seen as an allowance that is itself entertaining.

link answered Jun 09 '13 at 20:26 Katherine Patrick New member

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Z. A. JazleyJun 10 '13 at 09:47

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