Alot, A Lot, and Allot

The word alot does not exist.
A lot means a large extent or to a large extent.
To allot means to apportion something.

A Lot or Alot?

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


The word alot does not exist. It is often mistakenly written instead of a lot. For example:
  • I know alot about precious stones.
  • I know a lot about precious stones.
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:
  • Mark has a lot of toys.
  • (Lot is a noun in this example.)
  • He cheats a lot.
  • (A lot is an adverb in this 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.)
  • 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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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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