Context: It's an IELTS test where we have to make comparisons of the trends given in the chart. I attached one of the two pictures of the tests so you can have a better grasp of what the chart is like.

  1. The share of the government’s budget on roads and transportation in Portugal started at about 27%, after which it saw a progressive decrease to 20% in 2005.
  2. Similarly, the share of teenage boys who said they often went to the park was far higher than that of girls, with respective figures being 25% and 12%.

Is the phrase the share of used correctly in the above sentences? When can I use the share of to refer to the proportion of something?

Thanks a lot.

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    I wouldn't use share for either context, because it implies someone deciding how to divide some finite resource (usually, fairly or logically) among those who need it. Which sorta works for example #1, but not #2. No such problems exist with, say, proportion. Commented Dec 7, 2023 at 14:02

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Yes, the expression is used correctly. You can think of a phase like "the share of boys" as equivalent to "the fraction of boys".

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