A lot, alot, and allot all sound the same and have very similar spelling. So what is the difference between these three homonyms?
A lot is a phrase that means a large number or amount. A lot and lots have the same meaning and can be used interchangeably in most instances.
Examples of a lot
- She picked a lot of apples
- She picked lots of apples
Alot is not a word in the English language but it is a fairly common spelling mistake used by some in place of writing a lot. All style standards considered alot to be a typographic mistake and its use is not considered acceptable in formal writing.
In fact, one of the only correct ways to use Alot would be to refer a small town in Madhya Pradesh, India.
Allot is a verb that means to assign a portion of or to set aside for a specific purpose.
Examples of allot:
- The teacher will allot three pencils per students for the math test
- The city council allotted funds to build a new park