Common English Errors: A lot, Allot, and Alot

The use of alot, meaning "a great deal of something" is a commonly seen error. There actually isn't any such word, it's completely wrong, it isn't a word. The correct usage is A LOT. Two words, with a space between them! As in, I see this mistake a lot.

Tip: If you're serious about improving your writing, one of the best ways is to improve your vocabulary — not so you know how to use big words, but so you can choose the right word at the right time to convey your meaning precisely and simply. To improve your vocabulary, we highly recommend you try the popular vocabulary-improvement software called Ultimate Vocabulary. Click Ultimate Vocabulary for details.*

The only other word that A LOT might get confused with is ALLOT, which means "to allocate, or distribute". As in, Our teacher alloted us one chocolate Easter egg each.

The hilarious Hyperbole and a Half blog has a wonderfully funny post with cartoons about "alot", we think you'll get a laugh!

If you use Ultimate Spelling, it can help you to learn the correct spelling of such confusing words.

*We have agreed to receive a commission from some sales of Ultimate Vocabulary and Ultimate Spelling because we are happy to endorse this software.



Last modified on Saturday, 28 November 2015 07:41
English Language Skills (Denise)

English Language Skills (Denise)

I'm a syndicated puzzle writer, with 8 puzzle books to my name, including Word Searches for Dummies and Cracking Codes and Cryptograms for Dummies (with Mark Koltko-Rivera). I have a background in science and graphic design, and am a trained indexer. My favourite puzzles are cryptic crosswords. and my favourite books are murder mysteries and cookbooks. I am also a very keen knitter.

I write a blog all about puzzles, called Puzzling.

Website: E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
You are here: Write Better Common English Errors: A lot, Allot, and Alot