Monday, August 8, 2011


Lack sth (verb + object, WITHOUT in/of) with be lacking in sth and (a) the state of needing something that is absent or deficient: ‘He lacks the confidence to start his own business.’ ‘I think I’m suffering from a lack of sleep.’

Lack is mainly used with abstract nouns: ‘a lack of support/sympathy/freedom/sleep/energy’ Avoid using lack with concrete nouns: ‘We don’t have any envelopes.’ ‘We’re short of envelopes.’ ‘There aren’t enough envelopes.’

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