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A Lot vs. Alot

This mistake shows up all the time. In fact, it shows up quite a lot.

INCORRECT

  • My professor corrects my grammar alot.
  • Wow, there sure are alot of errors in this book!
  • I think about chocolate alot, but not so much about caramel.

CORRECT

“Alot” is not a word in the English language, yet many people persist in writing a lot as “alot,” as if it were right and normal to do so. As a unit of measurement, a lot was an object that stood in for a share of something else. When you ask for a lot of chocolate, the assumption is that there is even more to go around. You aren’t eating all the chocolate, but you are eating a lot — an allotment — of it.

MEMORY TIP

Alot isn’t a word. It’s not a lot to remember.

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