A non-native English teacher said, " a lot of/lots of" is used in positive statement only. He also said "In negative statement, we use many/much. However, when I googled "I don't have a lof of friends,I saw many people using " a lot of/lots of" in negative statement. Please see below.
By Courtney Hazlett
It probably isn't the easiest thing in the world, having six kids, a career that takes you all over the globe and looks that might be intimidating to the other moms at school drop-off. Which might be why Angelina Jolie's admission that she doesn't have a ton of girlfriends might not qualify as shocking news.
The actress, currently doing press to promote her directorial debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey" told Marie Clare, "Well, I have a few girlfriends. I just ... I stay at home a lot. I don't do a lot with them, and I'm very homebound."
That's not to say that Jolie has no one to talk to: her slightly famous husband Brad Pitt serves as her primary sounding board. "I talk to my family," she says. "I talk to Brad ... But I don't know, I don't have a lot of friends I talk to. He really is the only person I talk to."
Could anyone clarify, please?
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.