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    the difference between 'a lot of...' and 'lots of...'

    I have always wondered that what is the difference between those phrases; I could guess that 'a lot of' is singular and 'lots of' plural, but Im not quite sure what it practically means.


    My point is that are these both sentences correct:

    I had a lot of time yesterday / I had lots of time yesterday to do some things.

    How about these?

    I have a lot of carrots / lots of carrots.


    Is this some kind of countable/uncountable matter?

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    Re: the difference between 'a lot of...' and 'lots of...'

    " A lot of " and " lots of " have the same meaning.

    A lot of/lots of(informal): a large number or amount of sb/sth.

    All your sentences are correct.

    :wink:

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    Re: the difference between 'a lot of...' and 'lots of...'

    Quote Originally Posted by foss
    I have always wondered that what is the difference between those phrases; I could guess that 'a lot of' is singular and 'lots of' plural, but Im not quite sure what it practically means.


    My point is that are these both sentences correct:

    I had a lot of time yesterday / I had lots of time yesterday to do some things.

    How about these?

    I have a lot of carrots / lots of carrots.


    Is this some kind of countable/uncountable matter?
    I agree with Henry that they mean the same thing. When a count noun follows either expression, it is usually pluralized.

    Both uses are informal, but IMO, "lots of" is even more informal than "a lot of". :wink:

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