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  1. rock-onn's Avatar
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    #1

    That shelf has (a) lot of books.

    That shelf has (a) lot of books.

    Is 'a' required there or not?

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    #2

    Re: That shelf has (a) lot of books.

    Yes, of course it is.

    We use lots or a lot in informal styles to talk about quantities, amounts and degree. However, various dictionaries emphasize that lots of is more informal than a lot of. A lot of and lots of can both be used with plural countable nouns and with singular uncountable nouns for affirmatives, negatives, and questions.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #3

    Re: That shelf has (a) lot of books.

    I would say 'A lot of books are on the shelf'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: That shelf has (a) lot of books.

    I'd say "There are a lot of books on that shelf". I find the word order in posts #1 and #3 unnatural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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