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    Use of 'a lot of' in negative sentense

    I don't have a lot of money.

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    Can people here verify if the use of 'a lot of' is correct?
    The reason I am asking is that I have heard someone say 'a lot of' cannot be used in a negative sentence, so it should be 'much' instead.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Use of 'a lot of' in negative sentense

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    I don't have a lot of money.

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    Can people here verify if the use of 'a lot of' is correct?
    The reason I am asking is that I have heard someone say 'a lot of' cannot be used in a negative sentence, so it should be 'much' instead.

    Thank you.
    No, it's perfectly fine in spoken English, whether used in a "positive" or (as here) a "negative" sentence. "A lot of" is somewhat colloquial, however, so many people feel it should be discouraged in written English. "Much" would, in my mind, be the better alternative, but then again I'm a bit old-fashioned.

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