Quick answer
"Lack" is a noun which is often translated as "la falta", and "shortage" is a noun which is often translated as "la escasez". Learn more about the difference between "lack" and "shortage" below.
lack(
lahk
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (shortage)
a. la falta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He shows a certain lack of good sense.Demuestra cierta falta de cordura.
b. la carencia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The lack of resources to help those who have been displaced by the earthquake is shocking.La carencia de recursos para ayudar a los desplazados por el terremoto es espantoso.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to not have)
a. faltar
It seems that he lacks the necessary funding to continue with his studies.Parece que le falta el financiamiento necesario para seguir con sus estudios.
b. carecer de
The brand's latest collection lacks innovation and originality.La última colección de la marca carece de innovación y originalidad.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to be missing)
a. faltar
When time is lacking, you need to react quickly.Cuando falta el tiempo, hay que reaccionar rápido.
4. (to have need of)
a. carecer de
My sister's kids certainly don't lack for luxuries.Los hijos de mi hermana definitivamente no carecen de lujos.
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shortage(
shawr
-
dihj
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. la escasez
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The water shortage threatens to destroy most of our crops.La escasez del agua amenaza con destruirnos la mayoría de las cosechas.
b. la falta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The foundation is facing a cash shortage.La fundación se enfrenta a una falta de efectivo.
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