"a lot of" in questions & negative sentences

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Hi everybody!
I would like to know if it´s possible to use "a lot of" in questions and negatives sentences, eg: "Did you meet a lot of people? Some native speakers say you mustn´t but I´ve never found a grammar rule against it.
Thanks a lot for your help.
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It's fine.
 

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Yes, it is. And so is 'I didn't meet a lot of people'.

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Didn't you meet a lot of people? (= I am surprised that you met so few.)
 

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Didn't you meet a lot of people! (I am impressed that you met so many.)
 

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Thanks a lot for your answers!
 
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