A lot - allot

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The verb allot is sometimes wrongly written as alot, and the expression a lot is sometimes confused and merged into a single, incorrect word, alot.

The two have quite different meanings:

  • a lot is an expression that means the same as many or 'much'. It is an informal expression
AWE advises that it be avoided in academic writing. 
Use 'many' or 'much', or something more formal instead.
  • allot is a verb which means to distribute in portions or to assign. The noun allotment comes from this.


You may also like to see AWE's advice on spelling at Consonant doubling.