Lack: A Power Word

 Lack can be a verb or a noun. It means “not have.”

  • lack, abundance, lack money, English words, English vocabulary grammarIf you are poor, you lack money.
  • If you are busy, you lack time.
  • If you are lonely, you lack friends.
To start a deep conversation, you can ask your friends:
  • Is there anything you lack in life?
  • What do people our age lack most?
  • What does our country lack that could help it progress?

As a noun, we can use lack like this:

lack, abundance, lack money, English words, English vocabulary grammar   There is a lack of water in the desert.

lack, abundance, lack money, English words, English vocabulary grammar

A lack of patience can get you in trouble.

lack, abundance, lack money, English words, English vocabulary grammar

A lack of self- control when drinking will make you sick.

FYI: The opposite of lack is the noun abundance.

lack, abundance, lack money, English words, English vocabulary grammar

A garden has an abundance of flowers.

(Of course, in casual English, you can just say “a lot of.”)

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