I am confused about the following sentence:

Despite limitations from a lack of funding, the study for the first time paints a picture of children prone to suicidal thought.

Isn't 'a lack of funding' singular? Then why it is 'limitations' instead of 'limitation'?

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    a lack of funding has no impact on the countable noun limitation. Lack of funds impose limitations on an organization's activities.
    – Lambie
    Aug 29 at 15:37
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    In contexts like this we often pluralise the key word limitations, problems, difficulties,... even if in fact there's really only one limitation / problem / difficulty. It's not really relevant that a lack of funding here is singular, but I don't think the text as cited sounds very natural anyway. Personally, I'd prefer something like Despite being limited by [a] lack of funds/funding,... Aug 29 at 16:12
  • Perhaps "Despite limitations due to a lack of ...".
    – AdrianHHH
    Sep 2 at 17:10

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