Can I use "shortage" instead of "material in short supply". For example, "The other two shortages will be pulled in next Monday", I mean the other two items in short supply now will arrive next Monday. Thanks in advance.

  • Can you provide more context? As of now, your sentence looks incomplete. When you use "shortage", it isn't clear what is in shortage. – CinCout Dec 20 '18 at 13:02
  • 1
    I have not come across the expression pulled in in that context although I've seen frequent reference to making up a shortage. – Ronald Sole Dec 20 '18 at 13:54

When you say "shortage" you are depending on the context to clarify what you mean. Generally a shortage is a lack of something, not the thing that is lacking. Since there is a simple alternative "items in short supply", I would use that alternative.

  • Thanks. Do you have other way of indicating the thing lacking? – sinbadsuuny Dec 20 '18 at 14:06

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.