lot

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lot is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
lot
See also a lot

Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
lot

Plural
lots

A map of a lot.
  1. (countable) A lot of something is a large amount of it.
    I have a lot of things to say.
    He caused lots of trouble.
  2. (countable) To a large degree
    Running is lots more fun when the weather is cool.
  3. (countable) Often
    He used to come here a lot, but he doesn't anymore.
  4. (countable) A lot is a piece of land, usually small.
    They are constructing a building on this lot.

Usage[change]

  • In the sense of a large amount of something, 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)
    Lots of water is running. (water is singular, so choose is)
    Lots of people are running. (people is plural, so choose are)

Synonyms[change]