alot, a lot and allot - the difference
 
The word alot does not exist.
A lot means a large extent or to a large extent (more below).
To allot means to apportion something (more below). 
 

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

Alot

The word alot does not exist. It is often mistakenly written instead of a lot.

I know alot about precious stones.

I know a lot about precious stones.

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, lot means to a great extent or to a great degree. It nearly always appears in the form a lot.

Mark has a lot of toys.
(Lot is a noun in this example.)

He cheats a lot.
(Lot is an adverb in this example.)

Allot

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.)

The peasant was allotted just 25m2 to grow his monster pumpkins.

I will allot a radio to each group.

You need to allot each syndicate sufficient time to question the presenter.

 
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LOT CAN BE A NOUN OR AN ADVERB 

Noun.  The noun lot means a large extent, large amount, or large number. It is most often seen in the form a lot.

I know a lot of cool pubs in Brighton.
I know a bunch of cool pubs in Brighton.
(Evidence that lot is a noun – just like bunch.)

Adverb.  The adverb lot means to a great degree or great extent. It is most often seen in the form a lot.

I run a lot.
I run regularly.
(Evidence that lot is an adverb – just like regularly.)
 
 
ALOT IN INDIA

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

See also:

What are nouns?
What are verbs?
List of easily confused words




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