Easily Confused Words: A Lot vs. Allot

A Lot and Allot are easily confused terms.

The spell-check application of most word processing software programs would not catch a slip-up of these two words. Spell-check is looking for words that aren’t in its dictionary, and words that resemble words in its dictionary but are possibly spelled wrong. Spell-check isn’t perfect. It doesn’t know and can’t guess what word you wanted or what word you meant, it can only judge the words on the page. If you used words that are all spelled correctly, it gives you a pass anyway.

Autocorrect suggests words that start with the same letters. It suggests what word you may want to save time, but quite often, its suggestions couldn’t be more off base and produces humorous results.

A lot is an adjective phrase, meaning a large quantity, value, or amount. Sometimes it’s written as one word, but this is not correct.

Allot is a verb. It means to divide something into parcels or pieces. It can also mean to set a portion of something aside for a specific purpose, or to

The following story uses both words correctly:

Allayna loved all her children a lot. She found that planning her final arrangements, and deciding how to allot her possessions, was very difficult. 


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