[Grammar] How To Use ‘A Lot’, ‘Lots Of’ & ‘A Lot Of’ Correctly?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Practice:

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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