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    Default A lot of and lots of ??

    Hello there
    I have a question about " a lot of " and " lots of " ???
    I would like to know the usage of them ?
    As far as I know , they have the same meaning but I don't know if when I should use " a lot of " or " lots of "???
    Could anyone please explain to me?
    Thank you in advance.
    Best regards.

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    Default Re: A lot of and lots of ??

    Everything you ever wanted to know about "a lot of" and "lots of":

    http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/langu...es/002990.html

    Let us know if you have further questions.

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    Thank you very much for your help Casiopea

    I searched in it. It said " Much and many are generally used in questions and negatives , much with uncountable noun and many in countable noun "
    and " A lot of is used in positive sentences,with countable noun and uncountable noun "

    My questions are...

    1.(related to much and many) Can I use much and many in positive sentences?
    such as I have much water in the bottle or I have many dogs at my house.
    Is it grammatically correct?

    2. There are a lot of parks in London.
    Can I say--> There are lots of parks in London. in stead. ???

    Thank you in advance.
    Regards.

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    Colin we use lot of and lots as quantifiers, they express a large quantity. We use a lot of and lots of with plural and uncountable nouns either is fine
    example:
    Plural: a lot of people / lots of people live in London
    Uncountable: you'll have a lot of fun / lots of fun on holiday
    hope this helps

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    Colin
    In more formal English we can use many and much in positive statements eg:
    Many tourists vist London There is much support for his idea

    Yes you can say there are lots of parks in London
    regards
    j

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    Welcome, John.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k k colin love
    2. There are a lot of parks in London.
    Can I say--> There are lots of parks in London. in stead.???
    Note that, while both "a lot of" and "lots of" are synonymous, for some speakers the latter expresses a number more than I'm willing to count. For example,

    There are a lot of parks. <a great number>
    There are lots of parks. <a number more than I'm willing to count>

    As for "much water" and "many dogs", I agree with the author of the article: the head noun (e.g., water, dogs) holds the key. If the head noun is familiar or common, then speakers tend to use "a lot of/lots of". Cf. much support, much comment.

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    Thank you for your help , now I see.

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