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    a food shortage.

    Firstly, overpopulation in developing countries causes a food shortage.
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    Can you say "a food shortage" instead of "food shortage"? Is "shortage" countable?

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    Re: a food shortage.

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    First, overpopulation in developing countries causes food shortages [or: can cause food shortages].
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    Can you say "a food shortage" instead of "food shortage"? Is "shortage" countable?
    Use the plural: shortages.
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    Re: a food shortage.

    Why is plural better than singular for shortage?

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    Re: a food shortage.

    One country can have one food shortage or more.

    But you said "countries." Since there is more than one country, there are more than one food shortage.

    More than one is plural.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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