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    He knows a lot about about the history of the town.

    He knows a lot about about the history of the town.


    I wonder if
    a lot here is a pronoun or an adverb.

    Thanks a lot.

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    #2

    Re: He knows a lot about about the history of the town.

    What do you think?

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    #3

    Re: He knows a lot about about the history of the town.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    What do you think?
    I think it's a pronoun in that sentence, while in 'thanks a lot', it's an adverb. What do you say?
    Many thanks.

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    #4

    Re: He knows a lot about about the history of the town.

    It's not a pronoun.

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    #5

    Re: He knows a lot about about the history of the town.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    It's not a pronoun.
    Thanks, Tarheel.
    I wonder if you mean 'a lot' in the original sentence is also an adverb.
    Thanks again.

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    #6

    Re: He knows a lot about about the history of the town.

    Yes. It's an adverb because it modifies the verb.

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    #7

    Re: He knows a lot about about the history of the town.

    I'd call it a noun.


    WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English 2017

    lot
    n.
    1. 8. a great many:
      [a + ~ + of + plural noun]
      a lot of books.
      [lots + of + plural noun]


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    #8

    Re: He knows a lot about about the history of the town.

    What does he know?

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    #9

    Re: He knows a lot about about the history of the town.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Yes. It's an adverb because it modifies the verb.
    It seems to be to be the direct object of the verb.

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    #10

    Re: He knows a lot about about the history of the town.

    In this sentence, a lot is best understood to be acting as an object noun.

    In other contexts it can be more obviously adverbial. (He talks a lot.)

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