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Are both these sentences correct (or do they make sense):


a) "It's true that we are here on a budget, but we can still go on a tour before our budget exhausts."


b) "It's true that we are here on a budget, but we can still go on a tour before our budget runs out."

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Christine Christiea) "It's true that we are here on a budget, but we can still go on a tour before our budget exhausts."

No.

A budget is not money. You cannot spend a budget. A budget is a plan you set out in advance to guide how much money you will spend in various categories. After you spend some money, you note the amount in an "actual" column. At the end of the budget period, you compare the planned budget with the actual amounts. That will cause you to adjust your budget for the next period. ahead.

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Christine Christiea) "It's true that we are here on a budget, but we can still go on a tour before our budget exhausts."

No. A budget is a plan. I would have said that your budget can't exhaust, you exhaust your budget, but you can't exhaust a plan. You can exceed your budget or go over your budget (same thing). You might write ""It's true that we are here on a budget, but we can still go on a tour before we exceed our budget."

Christine Christieb) "It's true that we are here on a budget, but we can still go on a tour before our budget runs out."

Similar problem. A plan can't run out. Money can. ""It's true that we are here on a budget, but we can still go on a tour before our money runs out."

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