*Alot or A Lot or Allot | Meaning & Correct Spelling
A lot and allot are pronounced the same, but they have unrelated meanings.
- A lot is used as a pronoun meaning ‘many’ or ‘a great amount’ and an adverb meaning ‘very much’ or ‘often’.
- Allot is a verb meaning ‘assign’ or ‘distribute’.
- Alot is sometimes mistakenly used instead of a lot. However, it isn’t a real word and should be avoided.
|Examples: A lot in a sentence
|Examples: Allot in a sentence
|Javier eats a lot of fruit but not many vegetables.
|The president decided to allot more funding to national defense.
|My cat sleeps a lot.
|Students should allot an hour every day to independent study.
How to use a lot in a sentence
A lot can be used as a pronoun meaning ‘many’ or ‘a large amount’. It can also be used as an adverb meaning ‘often’ or ‘very much’. When used as a pronoun, a lot is often followed by the preposition ‘of’ and a noun indicating what there is a lot of.
How to use allot in a sentence
Allot is a verb that refers to the act of assigning or distributing something for a particular purpose.
Worksheet: Allot vs a lot
You can test your understanding of the difference between ‘allot’ and ‘a lot’ with the worksheet below. Fill in either ‘allot’ or ‘a lot’ in each sentence.
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Frequently asked questions
- What is a synonym for ‘a lot’?
There are numerous synonyms and near synonyms for the various meanings of a lot.
A large number or amount (pronoun) To a great extent (adverb) Often (adverb) Many A great deal Consistently Multiple Considerably Constantly Numerous Greatly Continually Several Significantly Frequently Various Very much Regularly
- Is ‘alot’ a word?
People sometimes write ‘alot‘ instead of a lot. However, ‘alot’ is not a real word and should be avoided. A lot is always written as two words.
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