the difference between 'a lot of...' and 'lots of...'

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foss

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I have always wondered that what is the difference between those phrases; I could guess that 'a lot of' is singular and 'lots of' plural, but I´m not quite sure what it practically means.


My point is that are these both sentences correct:

I had a lot of time yesterday / I had lots of time yesterday to do some things.

How about these?

I have a lot of carrots / lots of carrots.


Is this some kind of countable/uncountable matter?
 

henry

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" A lot of " and " lots of " have the same meaning.

A lot of/lots of(informal): a large number or amount of sb/sth.

All your sentences are correct.

:wink:
 

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foss said:
I have always wondered that what is the difference between those phrases; I could guess that 'a lot of' is singular and 'lots of' plural, but I´m not quite sure what it practically means.


My point is that are these both sentences correct:

I had a lot of time yesterday / I had lots of time yesterday to do some things.

How about these?

I have a lot of carrots / lots of carrots.


Is this some kind of countable/uncountable matter?

I agree with Henry that they mean the same thing. When a count noun follows either expression, it is usually pluralized.

Both uses are informal, but IMO, "lots of" is even more informal than "a lot of". :wink:
 
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