Do We Cover Shortages??

Uruj

New Member
Urdu
Urgent Question Guys...

If There Is A Shortage Of Nurses, Can We Write That 'the Shortage Was covered By Sending 10 Nurses?'

Thanks And Regards.
 
  • Buddha

    Member
    USA - English
    Uruj said:
    Urgent Question Guys...

    If There Is A Shortage Of Nurses, Can We Write That 'the Shortage Was covered By Sending 10 Nurses?'

    Thanks And Regards.
    That is gramatically correct (in my opinion), though I would tend to use active voice, instead of passive. What do I mean? I'd say:

    We covered the shortage by sending 10 nurses.
    Buddha
     

    Uruj

    New Member
    Urdu
    What I really wanted to know was if 'covered' is the right word to use when saying that the shortage was filled.
     

    E-J

    Senior Member
    England, English
    Hello Uruj

    Usually we make up or address a shortage. My suggestions for the most natural way of using these in your context are as follows:

    "10 nurses were sent over to make up the shortage."
    or
    "They addressed the shortage by sending over 10 nurses".

    Hope this helps.
     

    Kelly B

    Senior Member
    USA English
    I prefer "cover," myself, although I think "address" is also a very good choice.
     

    Buddha

    Member
    USA - English
    Sorry for the confusion, Uruj, but I was casting my vote for covered. E-J's examples are completely acceptable too, though I would definitely consider them British English.

    Buddha

    PS: So much for a quick answer... :eek:
     

    foxfirebrand

    Senior Member
    Southern AE greatly modified by a 1st-generation Scottish-American mother, and growing up abroad.
    I liked "cover a shortage" too until I realized I was conflating it with "cover a shortfall." Covering shortages still sounds okay, but it has a stopgap or temporary-solution sound to it. I guess that's implied by the urgency-- hope it meets your needs, uruj.

    But in the long haul, market forces are going to have to come into play. Nurses are scandalously underpaid, especially ones who work in caretaking and health-maintenance, such as nursing-home employees.
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