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Allot vs. A Lot; Allowed vs. Aloud

I am not sure why so many “Al” words, e.g., altogether vs. all together, alright vs. all right, already vs. all ready, cause so much confusion but here are two more pairs of “Al” words clarified for you.

Allot vs. A Lot

The word allot means to parcel out.

Example: The company will allot each of us a cell phone.

The expression a lot means many or much.

Example: We had a lot of fun.

Example: A lot of people showed up for the concert.

Note that even though you may see alot written by a lot of people, there is no such word.

Allowed vs. Aloud

The word allowed means gave permission to.

Example: He allowed his daughter to stay out until 10:00 PM.

The word aloud means said out loud, spoken.

Example: He read the Haiku aloud.

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Thanks to reader Diane B. who, in response to last week's grammar tip "Spell Check Overreach," provided these examples of embarrassing mistakes she's seen that slipped by SC:

"So sorry to hear your husband died of lunch cancer."—Seen in a condolence letter.

"I look forward to hearing from you shorty."—Typed at the end of an employment cover letter.

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1. A lot of us were confused by the teacher’s lecture.

2. I like chocolate ice cream a lot.

3. Does that university allot many scholarships?

4. Are you allowed to go off campus during lunch?

5. If you practice your speech aloud, you will memorize it more easily.

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