a lot

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Pronunciation[change]

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Expression[change]

Expression
a lot

  1. A lot is a large amount of something.
    I have a lot of things to say.
    He caused a lot of trouble.
  2. To a large degree.
    Running is a lot more fun when the weather is cool.
  3. Often
    He used to come here a lot, but he doesn't anymore.

Usage[change]

  • The lot in a lot is number transparent. In other words, it looks singular, but when it is the subject of a sentence, the verb should agree with the number of whatever is being talked about.
    A lot of water is running. (water is singular, so choose is)
    A lot of people are running. (people is plural, so choose are)

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