Getting It Write
In our continuing series focusing on effective writing,
we examine common grammar mistakes. "A lot" is a common term in
speech; but it is increasingly found in writing, including formal writing.
You will often find terms such as "a great deal" rather than
If you choose to use the term "a lot" you
should note that it is properly written as two words, not one, i.e. "alot."
Dictionaries do not list it as one word, although eventually it may become
an accepted form, due to its increased useage.
Remember This Rule
“A lot” is an adverb and should always be
written as two words. Substituting the word "lots" is an
alternative. You should note that the use of these terms grants your
writing a less formal, more conversational tone, and should be avoided in
strictly formal writing.