Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. Odessa Dawn's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Current Location:
      • Saudi Arabia

    • Join Date: Aug 2012
    • Posts: 1,616
    #1

    "a hell of a lot"

    "There’s been a hell of a lot been happening these last few weeks, which I’ll tell you about later."

    Whose the second "a" is this in "a hell of a lot"?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 17-May-2015 at 16:21. Reason: Sorted formatting

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,830
    #2

    Re: "a hell of a lot"

    What do you mean by "Whose is ...?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  3. Odessa Dawn's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Current Location:
      • Saudi Arabia

    • Join Date: Aug 2012
    • Posts: 1,616
    #3

    Re: "a hell of a lot"

    I mean, what does the second "a" belong to?

  4. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,830
    #4

    Re: "a hell of a lot"

    It belongs with "lot". "A lot of" means "A large quantity". "A hell of a lot of" is a very large quantity.

    I have a lot of books.
    I have a hell of a lot of books.

    There is a lot happening tomorrow.
    There is a hell of a lot happening tomorrow.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  5. Odessa Dawn's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Current Location:
      • Saudi Arabia

    • Join Date: Aug 2012
    • Posts: 1,616
    #5

    Re: "a hell of a lot"

    What was wrong with the formatting in post#1?

  6. teechar's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Iraq
      • Current Location:
      • Iraq

    • Join Date: Feb 2015
    • Posts: 6,180
    #6

    Re: "a hell of a lot"

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    What was wrong with the formatting in post#1?
    I suspect that in post #1, you tried to ask "whose XYZ is this?"
    The right context for asking this type of question would be, for example, if a teacher notices a book on the floor, picks it up and asks the students "whose book is this?"

    In post #1, you could have asked "how does 'a' work in the sentence above?", for which emsr2d2 gave you the answer.


  7. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,830
    #7

    Re: "a hell of a lot"

    No teechar, that had nothing to do with it. Please don't speculate. I never change the contents of the first post in a thread. Your explanation would also have nothing to do with formatting.

    Odessa Dawn, all I did was to put the main sentence all on one line. For some reason, the first line finished mid-sentence (after the word "last") and then continued on the next line. I simply put them back together, all on one line. The formatting sometimes gets messed up when people use copy and paste.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  8. teechar's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Iraq
      • Current Location:
      • Iraq

    • Join Date: Feb 2015
    • Posts: 6,180
    #8

    Re: "a hell of a lot"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    No teechar, that had nothing to do with it. Please don't speculate. I never change the contents of the first post in a thread. Your explanation would also have nothing to do with formatting.
    My apologies emsr2d2. I didn't actually notice that you'd edited post #1.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 24,462
    #9

    Re: "a hell of a lot"

    The very first sentence has one 'been' too many.

  9. probus's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Jan 2011
    • Posts: 3,458
    #10

    Re: "a hell of a lot"

    @Odessa Dawn: You should be aware that the expression "a hell of a lot" is very colloquial. It is okay in conversation with close friends. In writing it should only be used with great caution, and probably is best avoided unless you are very confident it is okay in the context. It is never okay in writing if there is any degree of formality in the writing.

Similar Threads

  1. [Idiom] What is the meaning of "Scares the hell out of the slopes" ?
    By elka021 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 01-May-2013, 11:14
  2. Meaning of "to hell in a handbag"
    By nalfonso in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 29-Mar-2010, 04:55
  3. Usage of "as hell"
    By thedaffodils in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 28
    Last Post: 21-May-2008, 00:11
  4. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-Mar-2008, 11:36
  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

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

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