sentences and questions, and after so, as and too. In affirmative sentences (except after so, as and too), we use other words and expressions. Compare:
- How much money have you got?
I’ve got plenty. (NOT I’ve got much.)
I haven’t got many pop records.
I’ve got a lot of jazz records.
(NOT USUALLY /Vo got many jazz records-.)
You make too many mistakes.
You make lots of mistakes.
(NOT USUALLY You make many mistakes.)
- [ a lot of/lots of + singular subject and verb] A lot of time is needed to learn a language.
There’s lots of coffee in the pot. (NOT There are lots of coffee . . .)
a lot of/lots of + plural subject and verb
A lot of my friends think there’s going to be a war.
Lots of people live in the country and work in London.
A lot of us would like to change our jobs.
We use a lot of and lots of before a noun or pronoun; we use a lot/lots without of alone, when there is no noun or pronoun. Compare:
- She s lost a lot of weight (not . . . a lot weight )
She’s lost a lot. (not . . . a lot of)
- Mr Lucas has spent a great deal of time in the Far East.
We have a large number of problems to solve.
Thirty years ago there were plenty of jobs; now there are very few.
In a formal style, we can also use much and many in affirmative sentences.
There has been much research into the causes of cancer.
Many scientists believe . . .