Monday, November 12, 2007

alot or a lot?

'A lot' seems to be one of the most confusing expressions for younger students. While 'alot' is never right, 'a lot' should be avoided altogether. So why make up an expression that's not appropriate to use? I don't know. In any case, 'a lot' can render the sentence ambiguous; "It rain a lot in September." Does it mean that the volume of rain is high or that it rains often? To avoid the ambiguity, 'very much' or 'often' should be used.


Pat said...

Thank you, Judy. Please see this page to find out what Brian has to say about alot.

Ry said...

I have the same problem with alot a/lot. Another tricky one is maybe or may/be.