“Lot” is a noun that means a large quantity, as in “I have a lot of friends.”
“A lot” can also be used as an adverbial phrase, meaning very much or very often.
That decline curve looks a lot like an aquifer drive mechanism.
The trouble is, many people combine the two-word expression “a lot” into a single word. In fact, I received an email recently from a high school student who used “alot” several times. In my youth, Sister Mary Carmen would slap her ruler on the desk to emphasize that “There is no such word as alot!”
There is, however, a one-word homophone, allot, which is a verb that means to give a portion (allotment) of something for a particular purpose.
We were allotted one hour off from work to go vote, because there are a lot of positions listed on the ballot this year.
Profound Question of the Day:
Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for President,
but there are 50 candidates for Miss America?