A lot of

Maringui

Member
Spanish
Hello, I would like to know if "a lot of" can be used in both formal and informal contexts. And/or if there is a better way of saying "a lot of people" in a formal context.
Thank you.
 
  • frostypotter

    Member
    NYC
    English
    I would use "many people" instead of "a lot of" in formal writing. "A lot of" is a relatively informal phrase and, though it can be used, isn't typically seen in formal writing.
     

    Driven

    Senior Member
    USA/English
    I agree with frosty. "A lot of" is informal and in formal writing it would be better to use, "many people", "a large number of people", "quite a few people", etc.
     
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