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A Lot, Lots Of, A Lot Of

Common Mistakes in English - Quantifiers


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The quantifiers 'a lot', 'lots of', and 'a lot of' are often used interchangeably in English. Study the rules for usage with this guide to these commonly used expressions.

A Lot, Lots Of, A Lot Of

These three expressions are used in informal English. They can mean either a great quantity of or a large number of and can be rather confusing at times. Here are the general rules for their use.

A Lot Of / Lots Of

These two expressions both mean a great deal of or several. They are used before a count or non-count noun. These two expressions tend to be used in informal English.


We need a lot of people for this game.
She likes lots of jam on her toast.

A Lot

Use a lot at the end of a sentence as an adverb. A lot is NOT followed by a noun. The meaning is the same as a great deal.


I enjoy swimming a lot.
Mary seems to travel a lot.

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