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    There were a lot of people shouting and waving.

    Why there is letter "a" before "lot of people" in above sentence? Also, this seems contradictory to me as words "lot of people" is plural where as letter "a" represents singular.

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    Re: There were a lot of people shouting and waving.

    'A lot of' can mean 'much' before uncountable nouns and 'many before plural nouns. We need the indefinite article.

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    Re: There were a lot of people shouting and waving.

    I am not a teacher.

    And if you don't want to use the indefinite article you can replace 'a lot' with 'lots'.

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    Re: There were a lot of people shouting and waving.

    Quote Originally Posted by deepeshmehta4u View Post
    Also, this seems contradictory to me as words "lot of people" is plural where as letter "a" represents singular.
    Do you find 'a large number/group/team of people' contradictory too?

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: There were a lot of people shouting and waving.

    a lot of = much/many

    Think of it as a complete phrase- it can go with uncountable and countable nouns.

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    Re: There were a lot of people shouting and waving.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Do you find 'a large number/group/team of people' contradictory too?
    A number of doesn't mean 1.

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    Re: There were a lot of people shouting and waving.

    Thanks a lot, all.

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