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A lot or alot ?

 
 
Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2004 12:21 am
I was told by many english teachers that it is a lot, and write it as such, but most people I see write it as alot. Why is this?
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2004 02:21 am
It is a lot.

There is no such word as alot.
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the prince
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2004 02:25 am
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Wy
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2004 02:32 am
Alot is an error. To allot is to apportion. Maybe that's the confusion.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2004 03:04 am
Hmmm - very possible...
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Eastree
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2004 04:21 am
It seems to stem from people who don't pay attention to how words are spelled and rely solely on the phonetic nature of speech. This has also produced such misspellings and non-words as prolly/probly and has also eventually led to colloquialisms becoming part of common speech (all right and alright).

Somehow I only see the perpetuation of such trends, as dictionaries (at least in the States) are more often including wrong or misguided terms, and misspelled words.
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Montana
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2004 05:58 am
Yup, a lot is the way to go.
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Wilso
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2004 06:25 am
Amazing what you can find out by opening a dictionary. It's a book! Anyone remember those?
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farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2004 07:18 am
I had a lot,it was a large lot and it waS not used a lot. So we did allot this lot so each family member has a lot of their own.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2004 12:51 pm
Wilso wrote:
Amazing what you can find out by opening a dictionary. It's a book! Anyone remember those?


Sure, about the same amount as the people who remember their manners. Remember those?
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Wilso
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2004 01:58 pm
Craven de Kere wrote:
Wilso wrote:
Amazing what you can find out by opening a dictionary. It's a book! Anyone remember those?


Sure, about the same amount as the people who remember their manners. Remember those?


It was supposed to be a bit of humour! For f**ks sake, lighten up.
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Wilso
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2004 02:04 pm
Or then again don't. When crap like that is the first thing I read in the morning, my attitude tends to be f**k him. If someone doesn't like it, they can kiss my arse!!!
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2004 02:05 pm
I don't much care if it was intended as humor Wilso. It makes little difference in effect regardless of intent.

As to who should lighten up.....

Edit: reponsing to your edited addition about kissing your rear I will note that that is not what will happen but that if you continue to be rude to others here your ability to do so will simply be removed. Leaving you with only said option if you do not like it.
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Laptoploon
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2004 03:56 pm
Eastree wrote:
It seems to stem from people who don't pay attention to how words are spelled and rely solely on the phonetic nature of speech.


In 1980 I won a bet of £50 over my supposed misuse of the word "illicit", I was actually saying "elicit".
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2004 04:05 pm
Heehee....
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Wilso
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2004 10:56 pm
There was a time when people would automatically open a book in order to find information. These days people (including myself) tend to go straight to a computer. I was attempting to make a commentary on that aspect of modern life without spelling it out as I did above. Craven. you of all people is one who I would credit with the intelligence to see the naunce that the comment was intended to convey.
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Eastree
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jan, 2004 11:39 pm
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Craven. you of all people is one who I would credit with ...


... you ARE one ...

hahahahaha

Any grammar BOOK (or web sire) would tell you that!!


sorry ... I'm not being seriously critical
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Laptoploon
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jan, 2004 12:58 am
Eastree wrote:
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Craven. you of all people is one who I would credit with ...


... you ARE one ...

hahahahaha

Any grammar BOOK (or web sire) would tell you that!!


sorry ... I'm not being seriously critical


web sire?

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Eastree
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jan, 2004 01:00 am
ahem

(I SHOULD go back to edit) site
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dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jan, 2004 05:25 am
Oh my - hoisting with own petards all over the place....
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