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    #1

    Cool What are you short of?

    Hello amigos!

    What are you short of?= What do you need?= What are you lacking to?

    Do they have the similar meaning? If not, Please point me out the difference then

    Thanks,

    Sam

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    Re: What are you short of?

    What are you short of?= What do you need?
    It can have this meaning; if you were going to the shops and wanted to know if I need anything, either of these questions would work. However, they are not synonymous; you can need something without being short of it (I need a holiday).


    What are you lacking?
    This is not a normal question to me; this could be sarcastic, suggesting that the person is lacking in a quality or characteristic. Otherwise, I would not use it colloquially; it's more of a formal verb to me and I would also tend to use the simple form not the progressive.

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