Allot and A lot

J. Cheney

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1. Allot is a verb that means to distribute or to assign a portion to

The instructor allotted me 20 minutes to take the test.

2a. The phrase a lot consists of two words which mean a big portion or much of something. Use a lot when you are describing non-countable quantities, such as water, sand, ice, or time. Use "many" when you are describing countable items, such as hours, people, or books.

A lot of water has passed under the bridge. I don't have a lot of time to make amends.

2b. The phrase also could refer to a portion of land.

It is better to own a lot the size of a garden than to own nothing at all.

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  1. It took (allot, a lot) of courage to go back to my boss and apologize for losing my temper this morning.
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  3. Theresa pleaded with her sister to (allot, a lot) her more space in the room they shared. Theresa thought Evelyn was taking up too much space.
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  5. The newlyweds decided to buy (allot, a lot) near the wife's parents' home so that the grandchildren would be near the grandparents.
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  7. The hotel could not (allot, a lot) more rooms to the families hosting the wedding even though a few of the guests still had no place to stay overnight.
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  9. It took (allot, a lot) of time and energy to redo my paper, but I am glad that I did. I earned an A!
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