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  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    #1

    a lack of / lack of

    Hello.

    Frankly speaking, I spent several hours to understand the difference between "a lack of" and "lack of" but I still have problems.

    There is a lack of / lack of entertainemt abourd the ship. In this sentence I should go for "lack of" because it means that there is not enough something (aboard).

    If I am right with the explanation above the following sentences are correct:

    1. I'm suffering from lack of money
    2. Despite the fact that I had lack of experience, I managed to get the job.
    3. They cannot accuse him of commiting that crime due to / because of lack of evidence.

    However I still have no idea how to use "a lack of" correctly.

    Am I right with the sentences above?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #2

    Re: a lack of / lack of

    2. would be expressed as "Despite my lack of experience..." or "Despite the fact that I lacked experience..."
    If you start a sentence with "There is ...", you'll be correct if you use "a lack". "There is a lack of entertainment ..."

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    #3

    Re: a lack of / lack of

    In confirmation of what Raymott has said,I tend to view usage of "lack" in terms of whether it is being used as a verb or a noun.
    Verb = "lack" (e.g. I lack = I am lacking)
    Noun = "lack / "a lack" (e.g. Due to [a] lack of evidence, the case was dropped).

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