Today I am comparing ‘a lot’, ‘alot’ and ‘allot’; however one of them doesn’t exist in the English language. http://oxforddictionaries.com defines the words as follows:
A LOT means “a large number or amount”
ALOT is sometimes used, but is not a word in the English language.
ALLOT is a verb meaning “given or apportion (something) to someone”
Here are some examples in sentences:
- Francis alloted three hours a day for writing.
- I am going to allot the money as follows….
- There was a lot of noise coming from the room next door.
Interesting note: whilst googling ‘alot’ I found a website http://www.alot.com/ which allows you to download popular apps such as Facebook, weather, to do lists, BBC news etc onto a free appbar. I haven’t tried it and it’s not really relevant to writing, but thought it might benefit someone.
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Oxford Dictionaries online: http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/allot
Alot website: www.alot.com