Lack of ‘lack’

A new song focusing on the word ‘lack’, which can often be mistaken with ‘lack of’. The rule for deciding which to use is in the chorus of the song, so listen carefully and choose the correct item – ‘lack’, or ‘lack of’! (Scroll down for lyrics and gapfill!)

Song performed by an amazing group of AAS scholarship awardees: Andi, Velo, Rapta, Roy, Ade, Novi, Septia, Susan, Vita!


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Lack of ‘lack’

I this, I that.
I don’t even have a cat.
I money. It ain’t funny.
I can’t even put food in my tummy.

Whenever ‘lack’ is a verb, you need only one word
But if lack is a noun you need ‘lack of’ (‘lack of lack’)

I tact. It’s a fact.
It’s the reason I got sacked.
A work, everywhere I lurk.
All my friends now think I’m a jerk.

Whenever ‘lack’ is a verb, you need only one word
But if lack is a noun you need ‘lack of’ (‘lack of lack’)

I vision, I can’t make a decision.
You know I’m better off being in prison.
A grammar, is worse than a stammer,
For a man who can’t use a hammer.

Whenever ‘lack’ is a verb, you need only one word
But if lack is a noun you need ‘lack of’ (‘lack of lack’)

I taste, even in toothpaste,
Buying nice things is a waste.
I friends, coz I don’t follow trends,
So I’m stuck at home at the weekends.

Whenever ‘lack’ is a verb, you need only one word
Whenever ‘lack’ is a verb, you need only one word
But if lack is a noun you need ‘lack of’, ‘lack of’, ‘lack of’ (‘lack of lack’)

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