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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #123735: Miss - lack - be short of
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    Miss - lack - be short of


    Having too little or none... 

    1) TO LACK: (quite formal when used as a verb) 

    - He lacked the courage to do what should have been done... 

    The noun (a lack of) is much more frequently used and very often heard... 

    - The country is suffering from a real lack of running water... 

    - We lack / haven't got the latest results...  

     

                                                                       

     

    2) TO MISS:

    *  "to want or need something" = "regret". Be careful! : I miss you //You'll miss me // I will miss my friends...

    - Tom misses his Mum when she's not home... 

     

                                                                                              

     

    * TO MISS is also used to express the idea of "missing" (a train, a plane, an appointment...) or "miss" (an opportunity, a target). 

    - Yesterday, I missed my train by two minutes. 

     

                                                                        

     

    3) TO BE SHORT OF // = to be in need of= Not to have enough of something... 

    - With Brian at home, I'm sure we'll be short of chocolate before teatime! He's so greedy... 

     

                                                            

     

    - to run out of= to have used up a product. 

     

                                                     

     

    There you are... You can see that the different uses are quite easy to understand, after all... You shouldn't be afraid of the test! Go for it! 

     



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