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    Dear teachers,

    Would you please tell me if I should use 'a lot of time' or 'a lot of times' and 'a formal education' or 'the formal education' in the following sentences. Thank you.

    "women back then a lot of times didn't receive a formal education, they were just expected to stay at home and help with the chores...."

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    Exclamation Re: a lot of times?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you please tell me if I should use 'a lot of time' or 'a lot of times' and 'a formal education' or 'the formal education' in the following sentences. Thank you.
    "women of yore then having a lot of time (s) didn't receive a formal education, they were just expected to stay at home and help with the chores...."
    Just a correction, you can say women of yore = women of old time.
    A lot of time, because, here time is used as uncountable.
    No ‘the’, a formal education, as this does not refer to any specific education

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    Default Re: a lot of times?

    A lot of time, because, here time is used as uncountable.
    I disagree.

    very frequent - a lot of times, lots of times are acceptable.

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    Default Re: a lot of times?

    tedtmc is right, but it might be better to avoid that phrase altogether.
    You've already used a time phrase - "back then".

    Women back then usually didn't receive a formal education.
    Women back then generally didn't receive a formal education.
    Women back then rarely received ...
    Most women back then didn't receive ...
    The majority of women back then ...
    etc.

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