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    present progresive...

    Hi,

    Check the errors in the below sentence, please....

    His speech was lacking in content and preparation.

    I think 'was lacking' should be 'lacked'.

    Best wishes...
    Last edited by nautes20; 18-Dec-2007 at 11:29.


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    Re: present progresive...

    It is fine as it stands.

    to be lacking in something = to not have a quality.


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    Re: present progresive...

    Thanks...Anglika


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    Re: present progresive...

    Quote Originally Posted by nautes20 View Post
    Hi,

    Check the errors in the below sentence, please....
    "below" does not seem to be strongly favored in the fronted position.

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    Re: present progresive...

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It is fine as it stands.

    to be lacking in something = to not have a quality.

    It is fine as it stands, but "lacked" would also be fine.
    Thanks for the addition, RK (although it took me a minute or two to figure what the heck you were on about!):

    "below" does not seem to be strongly favored in the fronted position.

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    Re: present progresive...

    Quote Originally Posted by fiona bramble View Post
    It is fine as it stands, but "lacked" would also be fine.
    But be careful -- it's a slightly different construction:

    lack + [noun] (no preposition!)
    It lacks content

    be lacking in + [noun]
    It is lacking in content

    The two sentences do have a very slight difference in meaning. "It lacks content" usually means it has no content at all; "It is lacking in content" usually means there is some content, but not enough.

    I say "usually", here; some native speakers may not agree. In practice, of course, the difference is not very important.

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