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.


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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.

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Last modified on Saturday, 28 November 2015 07:41
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