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‘A lot’, ‘lots of’ and ‘a lot of’ can be used in informal English. They all mean a large number of or a large quantity of something or people. They can be confusing at times. Today, we are going to learn about the difference between them and some rules you need to know.
1. A lot of / Lots of
A lot of and lots of have the same meaning: they both mean a large amount or number of people or things. They are used before a count or non-count noun in informal English.
Before countable nouns:
- There are a lot of strawberries in her hands.
= There are lots of strawberries in her hands.
- A lot of desks are needed at schools.
= Lots of desks are needed at schools.
Before uncountable nouns:
- She sends a lot of love in her greeting to you.
= She sends lots of love in her greeting to you.
- There is a lot of water in the tank.
= There is lots of water in the tank.
Note: In formal English, we use ‘plenty of‘ or ‘much‘ and ‘many‘ instead of ‘a lot of’ / ‘lots of’.
- There is plenty of water in the tank.
- She sends much love in her greeting to you.
- Many desks are needed at school.
2. A lot
‘A lot’ can be used at the end of a sentence as an adverb. A lot means ‘a great deal’, it’s not followed by a noun.
- I enjoy singing a lot.
- Susan seems to read a lot.
- I like Jim a lot.
1. I don’t like apples _____.
A. lots of B. a lot C. a lot of
2. _____ of cars pass down this street.
A. Lot B. A lots C. Lots
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