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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #107080: To miss, to lack, or ....
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    To miss, to lack, or ....



    Many expressions tend to express an idea of 'lack', or insufficiency ...

    1)    Not to have  =>  to lack  …

     ex : Sorry, we haven’t got any toffees here. Do you fancy some chocolate sweets? 

    2)   To be short of( to a an insufficient quantity ) ;  not to have enough ; not to have any left ( the supply is finished ).

          ex : In most districts of our country, we’re short of doctors …We'd need more !

          ex : I didn’ have enough time to finish my test …I'm afraid I going to miss my exam because of this !

          ex : Sorry, we have no milk left ... If you need some, I'll go and buy some for you ...


    3)   To lack : ( formal style ) = to be short of ...;  Not to have enough ...

          ex : Most of the time, he lacks confidence in himself … it’s a pity !


    ‘To lack’ is quite formal whereas the noun is quite commonly used.  'a lack of’a lack of money ; a lack of love ; a lack of time ...

         ex : A constant lack of sleep has made him irritable.

         ex : There has been a dramatic lack of volunteers lately …

    4)  TO MISS = to want, to lack, is very commonly used and has several different nuances. Alas, it is very often badly used by learners.

    **  to arrive too late = not to be fast enough ... to miss a train; to miss a plane; to miss an appointment...

        ex : I didn’t run fast enough and missed my train ! What a bore !

     **  not to see = not to notice and pass by ...

        ex : Go straight ahead and you’ll see the Sears Tower! You can’t miss it!

     **  not to understand = to miss the most important elements ...

        ex : Think a little … In my opinion, you’ve missed the point of this explanation ...

     ***  The most frequent use and meaning of  ‘ to miss somebody or something ’ = to feel sad about somebody's departure, to regret it, to be unhappy about it  ...

        ex : Since you've left, I’ve missed you so much ! 

       ex : The little boy can’t concentrate ! He misses his family too much !


    ( It is often said that the 'subjects are reversed between French (and other Latin languages) and English … In fact it is because you insist on translating your own language into English,  which shouldn't be done !   )

       ex : He misses her so much that he’ll take a plane to meet her in Washington !


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    1) We've of Scotch, if you don't mind, you'll have to take some Bourbon !

    2) Obviously, you understanding and empathy ! Unless you work on yourself, you'll never be a good nurse.

    3) My kid has left for his holiday camp ... I him so much, I'm looking forward to hearing from him as soon as possible ...

    4) He was punished for patent of work and obvious cheating !

    5) If I were you, I'd go to another hospital : they midwives in this maternity ward.

    6) There's a real medical staff in this district !

    7) I wanted to meet friends in a quaint little café in Dublin, but although I looked a lot, I've the place....

    8) If you don't hurry up, you'll your plane and there's no other one before next Monday.

    9) My grandson is a real tornado ... He really kills me, but when he goes back home, the house will look empty and I'll him and his laughter so much ...

    10) 'Will you me when I'm dead?'
    'What a stupid question ! I you already ...'

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