A lot of, lots of, plenty of, a great deal of etc.

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These expressions have similar meanings to the determiners much, many and most, but the grammar is not quite the same. Of is used after these expressions even before nouns with no determiner.

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A lot of and lots of

These are rather informal. There is not much difference between a lot of and lots of. They are both used mainly before singular uncountable and plural nouns, and before pronouns. When a lot of/lots of is used before a plural subject, the verb is plural.

Plenty of

Plenty of means enough and more. It is used before singular uncountable and plural nouns.

A large amount of, a great deal of and a large number of

These expressions are rather formal. A large amount of and a great deal of are generally used before uncountable nouns.

A large number of is used before plural nouns. The following verb is plural.

See Also

Also
As, since, because and for
All
A lot of, lots of, plenty of, a great deal of
Below and under
Above and over
Both and both of
Any
As if and as though
Fairly, quite, pretty and rather
Finally, at last, in the end and at the end
No and none