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hello to one reading this.

i'm unsure with the use of 'a lot of' and 'lots of'. what are the differences? one works with uncountable nouns and the other with countable nouns? would you be kind enough to give me some explanations?

could you also give me some examples on the use of 'a little of (noun)'

thank you.


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I have a lot of music.
I have lots of music.
Both of these mean the same.
I have a lot of work to do.
I have lots of work to do.
None of these have anything to do with counting.
I have a little of my hair left (on my head).
But 'little of' is awkward; we would say
I have little hair left.
I have a little bit of hair left.
Would you like a little piece of chocolate?
Little=small or less.
I have less hair now.
Would you like a small piece of chocolate?


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a lot also lots (informal) a large amount or number

We use a lot (of) , lots (of) and plenty (of) with uncountable and plural nouns.

a lot of luck
lots of time
plenty of money
a lot of people
lots of books
plenty of ideas

"We have spent a lot on the children education."

"How many CDs have you got?" "Lots".

a lot of lots of a great amount or number

"What a lot of time you take to dress?"

"She spends a lot of money on clothes."

"They paid a lot of money for that home."

"I eat a lot of vegetables"

"There were lots of people at the party."

an awful lot also a whole lot (informal) = a very large amount or number

He spends an awful lot of time on the computer."

a lot to do

"I still have a lot to learn."

"It's a great city, with lots to see and do."

a lot also lots (informal) if someone or something is a lot better, faster, etc. they are much better, faster

"My headache is lots better, thanks.”

"He's feeling a lot better today."

“She has a lot more contacts with clients these days.”

“You will get there a lot quicker if you take the motorway.”

a lot used to say that something happens to a great degree or often

“Things have changed a lot since I was a child.”

“Paul travels a lot on business.”

“I have been worried a lot about my health.”

“She likes you a lot.”

have a lot on your plate = to have a large number of problems to deal with or a large amount of work to do

have a lot on your mind = to have a lot of problems that you are worried about

“You’re quiet today.” “I’ve got a lot on my mind.”

have a lot on = to be very busy, with a large number of things to do in a short time

“I can’t help you now.” “I have got rather a lot on.”

Thanks a lot = thanks a bunch = used when really you are annoyed about something and you do not mean “thank you” at all

Have a lot to answer for = to be responsible for causing a lot of trouble


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