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    be short of/lack

    Hi,
    I wonder if 'be short of' and 'lack' are interchangeable when meaning 'to not have something that you need, or not have enough of it'. E.g.:
    1.The problem is that I lack/am short of confidence.

    2.We lack/are short of batteries.

    Thank you very much.


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    Re: be short of/lack

    short of sg means less than the desired amount -- either zero or few
    Lack means zero

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    Re: be short of/lack

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    short of sg means less than the desired amount -- either zero or few
    Lack means zero
    Hi svartnik,
    Thank you for your answer, but I think 'lack' can mean 'not have enough of something'. Thant is why I am not sure if they can be interchangeable.


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    Re: be short of/lack

    They are not really interchangeable.

    I lack confidence - I do not have any confidence
    I am short of confidence - I do have some confidence but can be beaten down.

    We lack batteries - we have no batteries
    We are short of batteries - we need four batteries, but only have three.

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