Easily Confused Words


A lot / Allot

a lot

a large number

  • I brought a lot of ice cream to the party.
  • My brother plays video games a lot.
  • A lot of times, we just walk to school instead of taking the bus.


to assign or distribute in portions

  • They are going to allot two slices of pizza to each person.
  • When planning your school shopping, be sure to allot enough money for pens.
  • I was allotted twenty minutes to use the shower.


Note: The word alot is not a word. Never has been. Never will be.

Instructions for the Quiz

Fill in each blank with a lot, alot, or allot.

Hint: The answer is never alot (see note, above).