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    Hey fellow members of WR

    I was just wondering what this sentence means:

    It was lack for something

    what does the verb structure "to be lack for ..." mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by egerol1 View Post
    what does the verb structure "to be lack for ..." mean?
    Nothing. It is not acceptable English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by egerol1 View Post
    Hey fellow members of WR

    I was just wondering what this sentence means:

    "It was lack for something."

    what does the verb structure "to be lack for ..." mean?
    You possibly mean "to be for/from the lack of".
    "It was from lack of water that he died in the desert."

    This Month's Special Tip: Please put your example in a full sentence that indicates how you're using the phrase.

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    Sorry I was mistaken it was "lack on"

    "Your argument is lacking on all scientific merit."
    This is a sentence from the big bang theory season 2 episode 11

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    I don't think this is correct and corpus search seems to confirm that. I would say "lacking in".

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I don't think this is correct and corpus search seems to confirm that. I would say "lacking in".
    Yes, absolutely true - lacking in, not on!

    "Lack" can also be used with "for" in these two constructions:
    1 - The concert was cancelled for lack of ticket sales.
    2 - John and Jane have good incomes; their children don't lack for anything.

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    Default Re: lack for

    Quote Originally Posted by egerol1 View Post
    Sorry I was mistaken it was "lack on"

    "Your argument is lacking on all scientific merit."
    This is a sentence from the big bang theory season 2 episode 11
    "Your argument is lacking [,] on scientific grounds."
    This is a good sentence. But it doesn't use the collocation "lack on" (which probably doesn't exist). It simply follows "Your argument is lacking" with a prepositional phrase giving the reason - "on scientific grounds".
    This was possibly the intention of the original, but with 'merit', I'd use "lacking in".

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