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    #1

    foods are limited

    Firstly, overpopulation in backward(developing) countries causes a food shortage.Because population is increasing. By the way, foods is restricted. *It's because while population is increasing, foods are limited
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    Is it better to say "limited" instead of "restricted" for food shortage? I think "restricted" doesn't fit "foods" as it has the nuance of limiting of space or other things.


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    Re: foods are limited

    I think I know what you are trying to say here.

    Overpopulation in developing countries causes food shortages. That is because production of food doesn't increase even though population does.
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    #3

    Re: foods are limited

    As far as saying food is either restricted or limited, I am not sure what you mean.

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    Re: foods are limited

    If "food is limited" sounds awkward, what about "food stays the same level of amount"? I actually asked the difference between "restrict" and "limit". The former seems to mean active and forcing action by an authority or something, so doesn't suit the meaning here. The latter sounds less active and forcing.
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    Firstly, overpopulation in developing countries causes a food shortage.
    It's because while population is increasing, food is limited

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    Re: foods are limited

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    If "food is limited" sounds awkward, what about "food stays the same level of amount"? I actually asked the difference between "restrict" and "limit". The former seems to mean active and forcing action by an authority or something, so doesn't suit the meaning here. The latter sounds less active and forcing.
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    Firstly, overpopulation in developing countries causes a food shortage.
    It's because while population is increasing, food is limited
    It's the food supply or the supply of food which is limited.
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    Re: foods are limited

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    First, overpopulation in backward [SPACE!] (developing) countries causes food shortages because population is increasing. [Your "because population is increasing" is a phrase, not a sentence.] By the way, food is restricted. *It's because while population is increasing, food is limited.
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    Is it better to say "limited" instead of "restricted" for food shortage? They mean two different things. I don't know which you mean. "Limited" means there is only a small supply. "Restricted" means there are rules (restrictions) against it.
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    Re: foods are limited

    Do you know what happens if the population increases but the food supply stays the same?

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    #8

    Re: foods are limited

    Incorrect: "foods are limited."

    Correct: "food is limited."

    Correct and more natural:

    - food is scarce.
    - food is hard to find.
    - there is not enough food.
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    Re: foods are limited

    It think saying 'food supplies are finite' is the best and most elegant way in that context.

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    Re: foods are limited

    Why is it "food supplies" instead of "food supply"? Is it a plural form reflecting the concept of generalization or to go with the plural form of "developing countries"?

    It think saying 'food supplies are finite' is the best and most elegant way in that context.

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