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    Red face Is it natural English?

    Is it natural English? especially "a lack of sense of belonging". And Is there anything wrong with this sentence?

    Poetry written from the perspective of the urban youth tends to reveal their anxiety over a lack of sense of belonging.

    Your help will be appreciated.

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    Default Re: Is it natural English?

    It's OK. I would say "a lack of a ​sense of belonging".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Is it natural English?

    Michael, a better title would have been 'a lack of sense of belonging'.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Default Re: Is it natural English?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's OK. I would say "a lack of a ​sense of belonging".
    Thank you. Can "a lack of a sense of belonging" be replaced with "insecurity" or other synonyms?

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    Default Re: Is it natural English?

    Quote Originally Posted by michael147 View Post
    Thank you. Can "a lack of a sense of belonging" be replaced with "insecurity" or other synonyms?
    There is no single word for "a lack of a sense of belonging" or even for "a sense of belonging". "Insecurity" is not the same.
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    Default Re: Is it natural English?

    Who's writing this poetry? The way you have phrased it means that people who are not urban youth could also be writing.

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