A ‘lot’ as utilized as a part of the articulation ‘a lot of’ and ‘lots of’ alludes to a unit of something or a measure of units or a bundle that is offered together as one finish unit. This is found in the utilization of lot in a closeout, for instance one could state, “These 4 boxes will be sold together as one lot.”
Over the utilization of this word in the historical backdrop of the English dialect it has gone up against the significance of a huge sum or amount, and in addition every one of the individuals from a specific gathering.
This word can be connected to a gathering of individuals, for example, “we were an especially pitiful looking lot after we lost the diversion.” The plural ‘lots’ signifying ‘much’ or ‘many’ has turned out to be synonymous with the inconclusive article ‘an’ and the word ‘lot’.
The two articulations can be utilized with countable and uncountable things. Countable things are people, spots or things that could be physically checked. For instance: “A lot of mutts like the water.” and “Lots of canines like the water.”
Both are utilizing the articulation with countable things, since ‘pooches’ is the thing and one could tally the quantity of puppies, despite the fact that it is a speculation and not alluding to a particular number of pooches.
The meaning of the word is completely different based on whether or not you use “a”. You can figure out that difference this way:
A lot is used to tell how many or how much. It is used as an adverb or a quantifier. For example, you can say that you love eating pizza a lot, or you can say that there are a lot of pencils on the table. Either way, you are saying that there is a large number or large amount of something.
Notice that, if you use it to describe the number of something (as a quantifier), you need to use “of” to introduce the items.
- Dan likes to watch TV shows a lot.
- Sally uses a lot of her time at work trying to read self help books.
If you are using lot as a noun, the meaning is different. Usually it describes a group of something that often is for sale, such as seven lots of yogurt. This means that there are groups of yogurt (probably in bottles) that are being sold together.
As a noun, lot can also refer to things that people draw to decide on things. For example, you can draw lots to see who will go first, second, third, and so on. The third most common usage of lot is as a patch or piece of land.
For example, a parking lot is a term used in the United States that talks about the large places where you can park your car. You can also buy a lot of land, for example.
- Since we cannot decide who should go first, we should draw lots from this hat to decide for us.
- Pat is trying to sell his land all together, but he is willing to separate them into lots if you really just want a little piece.
- At the auction, several lots brought in high prices while other lots were basically given away.
Do not get confused if there is the word “a” in front of lot in this way! That just means there is one lot of something, rather than saying that there is much of it. In some cases, you need to use the context of the sentence, paragraph, and even passage or discussion to understand which definition is being used.