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Note 152 – Comparing ‘a lot’, ‘alot’ and ‘allot’

Today I am comparing ‘a lot’, ‘alot’ and ‘allot’; however one of them doesn’t exist in the English language. 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 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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Until tomorrow…


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Reference list:

Oxford Dictionaries online:

Alot website:


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


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