Grammar|A lot of, lots of: difference and how to use

From speakspeak

A lot of, lots of: rules
A lot of and lots of = ‘a large number or amount’.

We use a lot of or lots of with both countable and uncountable nouns.

  • There was a lot of rain last week.
    [rain = uncountable]
  • There were a lot of people at the party.
    [people = countable/plural]
  • There’s lots of food in the cupboard.
    [food = uncountable]
A lot of vs. much, many
A lot of, much and many have a similar meaning, but we often use them differently.

We use a lot of mostly in positive sentences.

In negatives and questions we prefer much and many:

  • He watches a lot of films. [positive]
    He doesn’t watch many films. [negative]
    Do you watch many films?
  • He drinks a lot of coffee. [positive]
    He doesn’t drink much coffee. [negative]
    Do you drink much coffee?
We sometimes use a lot of and lots of in negative sentences instead of much and many. And we use them in a question when we think the answer will be “yes”:

  • I don’t like a lot of salt in my food.
    I don’t like much salt in my food.
  • Do you get a lot of snow here?
    Do you get much snow here?
  • Were there a lot of people at the football match?
    Were there many people at the football match?

Single or plural verb?

If the noun is countable, we use a plural verb (are, have, etc):

  • There are a lot of cars in the world.
  • Lots of new houses were built last year.

If the noun is uncountable, we use a singular verb (is, has, etc):

  • There is a lot of noise.
  • There was a lot of food.

Where to use

A lot of and lots of are common in spoken English and sound quite informal.

Lots of is slightly more informal than a lot of.

In more formal spoken and written English, we often use many, much, plenty, a large number of and a large amount of.

All the best my dear users-  U-Dictionary

So, stay tuned and share U-Dictionary app ( ) with your friends & family so that you can get more useful English Learning articles.

Look forward to your reply!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Scroll to Top