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    #1

    He does a lot of workout. / He works out a lot. / He does workout a lot

    1) He does a lot of workout.
    2) He works out a lot.
    3) He does workout a lot.

    Which of the senternces above is (are) correct? The meaning of the whole sentence should be 'he trains a lot'.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: He does a lot of workout. / He works out a lot. / He does workout a lot

    #2.

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    #3

    Re: He does a lot of workout. / He works out a lot. / He does workout a lot

    I am not a teacher.

    I agree that #2 is the immediate answer, but #3 works too.

    Either when contradicting someone who's saying that he doesn't, or as a commentary on someone's behaviour.

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    #4

    Re: He does a lot of workout. / He works out a lot. / He does workout a lot

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    I agree that #2 is the immediate answer, but #3 works too.

    Either when contradicting someone who's saying that he doesn't, or as a commentary on someone's behaviour.
    In 'He does work out a lot' the single word workout does not occur. The single word does exist - in 'He had a good workout', for example - but not in this context. In the noun workout the stress is on the first syllable: 'to do workout', while sense can be made of it, is wrong.

    MNY is right. Of the 3 options, only #2 is acceptable.

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    #5

    Re: He does a lot of workout. / He works out a lot. / He does workout a lot

    I am not a teacher.

    I have just noticed the problem with my answer, which is that #3 says "workout" and not "work out".

    I misread that, but I stand by what I wrote if applied to "work out"

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    #6

    Re: He does a lot of workout. / He works out a lot. / He does workout a lot

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    In 'He does work out a lot' the single word workout does not occur. The single word does exist - in 'He had a good workout', for example - but not in this context. In the noun workout the stress is on the first syllable: 'to do workout', while sense can be made of it, is wrong.

    MNY is right. Of the 3 options, only #2 is acceptable.

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    I am not a teacher.

    Thanks for the information Bob but I know all that. It was just a mistake.

    If your comment wasn't for my edification there was no need to quote me since your post follows mine directly.

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    #7

    Re: He does a lot of workout. / He works out a lot. / He does workout a lot

    Generally, our comments are for the learners, who may not know that "work out" and "workout" act differently.
    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.

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    #8

    Re: He does a lot of workout. / He works out a lot. / He does workout a lot

    May I ask a question here?

    I'm not really sure why #1 is wrong. Is it because the noun 'workout' means "a period of physical exercise' and it can't be used with 'a lot of'?
    Or is it that 'do' doesn't collocate well with 'workout'?

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    #9

    Re: He does a lot of workout. / He works out a lot. / He does workout a lot

    I am not a teacher.

    @tzfujimino. If I dare say anything more on this subject I would venture to say that #1 would work (albeit somewhat unnaturally) if it were, "He does a lot of working out."

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    #10

    Re: He does a lot of workout. / He works out a lot. / He does workout a lot

    I agree with Roman's correction.

    You can say "do a workout" (especially if you modify it - I did a really tough workout - I'm going to be sore tomorrow) but there are other more natural ways of saying it.

    The problem with the first one was "a lot of" = more than one and "workout" = singular. Even plural "He does a lot of workouts" sounds odd. What does that mean? He has many types? He has a workout focused on cardio, a workout focused on core strength, a workout that focuses on lower body, etc? He does a lot of different workouts so he doesn't get bored at the gym?
    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.

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