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    #1

    Lack of motivation of senior pupils.

    Hello guys,
    I feel uncertainty about a preposition in the following sentence:
    Lack of motivation of (or in?) senior pupils will prove the above stated position.
    And yet the standard question "Does the sentence sound natural?" :)
    Please, show me every single one of my mistakes. Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: Lack of motivation of senior pupils.

    They can both work.
    "Lack of motivaton in senior students ...". 'Of' sounds less natural here.
    "The lack of motiviation of/in senior students ..."

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    #3

    Re: Lack of motivation of senior pupils.

    I agree with ray about the article "the". However, I prefer "of" as the preposition.

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    #4

    Re: Lack of motivation of senior pupils.

    Thank you for your replies. How can you explain using the article "the" in my sentence? I found two sentences in MacMillan Dictionary. In the first case there is no any article, in the second case there is "a".
    The match was cancelled because of lack of support.

    Most of his problems stem from a lack of confidence.


    It is not evident for me why we use "the", "a" or no article at all with the phrase "lack of".
    Please, show me every single one of my mistakes. Thank you.

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    #5

    Re: Lack of motivation of senior pupils.

    If you use the article, you make it more specific. Here, you are talking about a target group so you could use the article.

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