?When do we use a lot of and when lots of


Informal English



.A lot of water is wasted

.Lots of water is wasted


.A lot of computers are needed at schools

.Lots of computers are needed at schools

 Formal English

English we use plenty of or much and many instead of a lot of/lots of


.Plenty of water is wasted

.Much water is wasted


.Plenty of computers are needed at schools

.Many computers are needed at school

Much, many with a noun

We use much with singular uncountable nouns and many with plural nouns

Questions and negatives

(-)We usually use much and many with questions (?) and negatives

?Is there much unemployment in that area

?How many eggs are in this cake


In affirmative clauses we sometimes use much and many in more formal styles

.There is much concern about drug addiction in the US


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use to” grammar”

use to” grammar”Don’t feel bad if you mix up use to and used to now and again—it is not an uncommon mistake. Used to is a phrase that can mean “accustomed or habituated to” or refers to something from the past that is no longer true. Use to and used to are also frequently used in English grammar as modal verb phrases.

”Use” Followed by an Infinitive
Before we get into idiomatic meanings for the phrase used to, it is worth pointing out that both use and used can correctly appear before to when to is part of the infinitive of a second verb. That sounds far more complicated than it is, so let’s go straight to some examples.

What do you use to decorate cakes and cookies?
Buttercream icing was used to frost all of today’s cakes and cookies.

In these kinds of sentences, whether you decide to write use to or used to will depend on whether the present or past tense is needed.

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