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    "Lack of..." vs "The lack of..."

    I'm wondering when we use the "the" in front of "lack of". In some sentences I see "the" and in some sentences there's no "the".

    Would appreciate someone giving me examples of when "the" is used and the reasons behind this.

    I know "the" is used when you're talking about something "definite" (both the writer/speaker and listener/reader knows what is being mentioned). However, sometimes I see people using "the" in front of "lack of" even though it's used more in a general way.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: "Lack of..." vs "The lack of..."

    I am not a teacher.

    The lack of context makes it difficult to answer this question.

    I am confident that there would have been no lack of erudite answers had you provided some examples.

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    #3

    Re: "Lack of..." vs "The lack of..."

    Quote Originally Posted by englishteacher79 View Post
    (both the writer/speaker and listener/reader knows what is being mentioned).
    Donít we have a grammatical mistake here? Does the slash work here? Shouldn't I use the comma instead?


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    #4

    Re: "Lack of..." vs "The lack of..."

    I am not a teacher.

    You're right. It should be "both...know". The slashes are OK for me.

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    #5

    Re: "Lack of..." vs "The lack of..."

    Take the following instances, for example:

    "Lack of investment has been the major problem for many countries."

    Could you also put "the" in front of "lack" or even "a" in front of "lack"?

    "The lack of investment has been the major problem for many countries."

    "A lack of investment has been the major problem for many countries."

    Would these two instances be wrong? Thanks.

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    #6

    Re: "Lack of..." vs "The lack of..."

    This is one of those times when three native speakers may each write that sentence with a different use of articles.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "Lack of..." vs "The lack of..."

    I would accept that sentence in all three of the variations given. I honestly can't even tell you which one I would use most frequently.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "Lack of..." vs "The lack of..."

    Ha...yes, I guess that's why I asked my question. There's no better answer then? Is this just for "lack" or for many other words/nouns too?

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    #9

    Re: "Lack of..." vs "The lack of..."

    Other situations too.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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