Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    moonriverluo is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    4
    Post Thanks / Like

    Question ask for help..what does "the lot of " mean?

    i found this sentence in a book: “Poverty is a most necessary and indispensable ingredient in society, without which nations and communities could not exist in a state of civilization. It is the lot of man – it is the source of wealth". i don't know how to understand "the lot of man", does it mean "poverty is the nature of humankind"?

  2. #2
    Gillnetter is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    1,696
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: ask for help..what does "the lot of " mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by moonriverluo View Post
    i found this sentence in a book: “Poverty is a most necessary and indispensable ingredient in society, without which nations and communities could not exist in a state of civilization. It is the lot of man – it is the source of wealth". i don't know how to understand "the lot of man", does it mean "poverty is the nature of humankind"?
    Think of it as the fate of man or what will usually happen. For example, it is the lot of salmon to die after spawning.
    In English we always capitalize "I".

  3. #3
    5jj's Avatar
    5jj is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    28,167
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: ask for help..what does "the lot of " mean?

    See definition 4 for lot (noun) here.

  4. #4
    moonriverluo is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    4
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: ask for help..what does "the lot of " mean?

    Thank you! You helped me a lot.

  5. #5
    Rover_KE is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    15,657
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: ask for help..what does "the lot of " mean?

    Your appreciation is welcome but there is no need to write a new post to say thank you. Simply click the Like button on any posts you found helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question.




Similar Threads

  1. "a lot of" in questions & negative sentences
    By roveracar in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 10-Feb-2013, 20:05
  2. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-Nov-2012, 21:56
  3. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-Mar-2008, 11:36
  4. teaching "a lot", "little", "a little", "very little"
    By kitty yee in forum Teaching English
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 29-Sep-2006, 15:51
  5. The difference between "a lot of" "lots of"
    By emank in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 13-Mar-2006, 12:32

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •