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    #1

    lack or shortage?

    One of the most important problem that affect young people all over the world today is the lack/the shortage of work.

    What's the most suitable word?

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    Re: lack or shortage?

    Not a teacher

    I believe "lack" is more absolute, as it stands also for "absence of", whereas "shortage" is more relative, as it also stands for "not enough".

    Hope it helps,

    M.

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    Re: lack or shortage?

    I would say it depends on the actual situation with available employments. If there are no jobs (or practically no jobs) then I would say "lack of jobs". If there are simply not enough jobs to go around, then I would call it a "shortage of jobs".

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