Alot, A Lot, and Allot

What are the differences between alot, a lot, and allot?

A Lot, A lot, or Allot?

There is often confusion over alot, a lot and allot.

The most common mistake involving these words is writing alot instead of a lot. Remember, the word alot does not exist (unless you mean the Indian town of Alot). Alot ought to be two words; i.e., it is a misspelling of a lot.


The word alot does not exist. It is often mistakenly written instead of a lot. For example: Note: Alot does exist as a proper noun. It is a town in India.

A lot

The term a lot is the opposite of a little.

As a noun, lot means a large extent, a large amount, or a large number. As an adverb, a lot means to a great extent or to a great degree. For example:


The verb to allot means to give out, to apportion, to divide, or to distribute. (Other forms of the verb are allots, allotted, and allotting.)

A Quick Test

Alot in India

There is a town in India called Alot. That aside, the word alot does not exist in English.

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