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    Smile A lot of or Lots of

    Hi,could you tell me the difference between these two sencences?
    a-I have a lot of friends.
    b-I have lots of friends.

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    Re: A lot of or Lots of

    There is no difference, really. It's like saying Bill gates has a billion dollars, or billions of dollars. It's a lot.

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    Re: A lot of or Lots of

    I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with your example.
    The difference between "a lot of" and "lots" is simply that "lots" is informal.

    There's a difference between "a billion" and "billions"!

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    Re: A lot of or Lots of

    No, I am pretty sure they are both informal. And this is not one of those cases where subtle differences in meaning can arise that might elicit clues as to the logic of our language for the learner. Both mean the same thing, both belong to the informal register of language. They're the same to me.

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    Re: A lot of or Lots of

    Excuse me once again, but you think that saying "I have a billion dollars" is the same as saying "I have billions of dollars"?

    I have a cat = I have cats?
    I have a child = I have children?

    I agree that "a lot" is still relatively informal compared to "many" or "several" but "lots" is more casual than "a lot."

    "A lot" is not so informal that I would not use it, for example, in a job interview. I would have no problem saying "I have a lot of experience with this type of situation" but I would NOT say "I have lots of experience with this type of situation."

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    Re: A lot of or Lots of

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I have a cat = I have cats?
    I have a child = I have children?
    No no no. And no. The question is not whether one resembles many, but whether a multitude is comparable to several multitudes. So no, one cat does not equal multiple cats, nor does one child mean several children; nor did I say so; but your argument is obtuse, because anyone can see I am only suggesting owning one parking lot full of cars, or several lots full of cars, is still being in possession of lots of cars, or a lot of cars, compared to me, with only 2 vehicles. The lot already represents a vast multitude, which you seem to forget here.

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    Re: A lot of or Lots of

    No, I didn't forget. Your post said that having a billion is the same as having billions.

    Whatever. The person seems satisfied with the answer.

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    Re: A lot of or Lots of

    Quote Originally Posted by Delapoma View Post
    Hi,could you tell me the difference between these two sencences?
    a-I have a lot of friends.
    b-I have lots of friends.
    I'm not so sure, but I'll try to answer it.
    the problem is like a few and few both are correct

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    Re: A lot of or Lots of

    Quote Originally Posted by nuharani View Post
    I'm not so sure, but I'll try to answer it.
    the problem is like a few and few both are correct
    Hi nuharani,
    A few and few is a different situation.

    You use "few" to emphasize how small the number is.

    I am lonely. I have few friends. -- Not very many friends at all.
    I am happy. I have few problems. -- Not very many problems at all.

    You use "a few" just to show it's a small number.

    I'm not lonely here. I have a few friends.
    I'm worried about whether I will complete this project. I have a few problems I need to solve. -- There are some problems-- not a huge number, but more than a couple.

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    Re: A lot of or Lots of

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Hi nuharani,
    A few and few is a different situation.

    You use "few" to emphasize how small the number is.

    I am lonely. I have few friends. -- Not very many friends at all.
    I am happy. I have few problems. -- Not very many problems at all.

    You use "a few" just to show it's a small number.

    I'm not lonely here. I have a few friends.
    I'm worried about whether I will complete this project. I have a few problems I need to solve. -- There are some problems-- not a huge number, but more than a couple.
    I mean that the problem just the same , not the meaning. Ijust want to say that it is no problem for you to use both. Because the two sentence are right. That's what I want to say. thanks

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