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    a dwelling shortage

    On the other hand, overpopulation in advanced countries causes a dwelling shortage and traffic jams.
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    1. Is it ok to say "a dwelling shortage" instead of "housing shortage"? And again are these nouns countable to need "a"?
    2. Is is ok to say "traffic jams" instead of "traffic jam"?

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    Re: a dwelling shortage

    1. Use housing, not dwelling. Shortage is countable, so the indefinite article is correct.

    2. The plural jams is correct.
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    Re: a dwelling shortage

    Why doesn't "dwelling" work? I didn't expect it to do, but a dictionary definition defines so.

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    Re: a dwelling shortage

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    A house is certainly a dwelling, but so is a shed, a cave or a hollow tree, if someone lives there.
    However, I do come across "dwelling shortage" occasionally in the media when, I assume, the meaning is intended to cover various kinds of conventional accommodation (houses, flats etc).
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-0...lieved/5864714

    I doubt that I've ever heard it said in conversation, though, even on TV panels discussing such matters. In my experience it's not a common collocation in spoken English. In your context I would write or say "… causing housing shortages and traffic jams".

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