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Is "short fall" an acceptable synonym for "shortfall"?

We noticed an important short fall here that no-one else had planned for.

Found on an English-language Korean news website.

I search in my dictionary but it did not have a "short fall" entry. Maybe that is an acceptable word nonetheless?

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No. The noun is shortfall.

Its derivation is from "fall short," not "short fall."

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