They both mean "lack" in English. However,is there any difference in the usage? Thanks a lot!

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'Escasear' is when there is insufficient amount of something and it's used only with uncountable things. 'Faltar' is closer to 'miss', and it's the only one you can use when there is nothing at all of something.

  • Escasea la comida = There isn't enough food
    You could also say:
  • Falta comida (uncountable) - There isn't enough food
    but if you say
  • Falta la comida (countable), the meaning is The food is missing

You can say:

  • Falta un zapato = A shoe is missing
    but you can't say
  • Escasea un zapato
  • Hi Leo! Can "escasear"use with collective nouns which are countable but used in a general sense ? Jan 26, 2022 at 7:09
  • Yes, for example "Escasean los clientes".
    – Leo
    Jan 26, 2022 at 9:47
  • And,Dose the faltar have a more general meaning that can both express there is nothing at all and there has some but the amount isn't enough? Jan 26, 2022 at 12:42
  • Correct. On the other hand, escasear means that there is some amount left.
    – Leo
    Jan 26, 2022 at 13:06
  • "Escasea un zapato" it sonds bizarre! Maybe "escasean los zapatos" sound pretty natural!
    – Davius
    Jul 8, 2022 at 20:47

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