Retired English Teacher
I know it is correct to say "I am short of money," or "He is short on brains/common sense/personality." It it also correct to say "I am short on money"? Or both are correct? What nuances are there? Thanks!
"Short of money" means that you are lacking money. "Short on common sense" means that you are a fool. I would say that "short of" is usually used with concrete things, while "short on" with abstract nouns.
I am short of milk.
I am short of bread.
I am short of paper.
I am short on patience.
I am short on honesty.
Last edited by Leandro-Z; 18-Jun-2011 at 12:18.