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A cooperator
Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 9:11:34 AM

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Hi,
I am not sure if "a lot" here is a noun or determiner indicating to the quantity.
A lot has happened in your network.....
Whatever "a lot" is here, why not saying "A lot have happened...... "

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Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 3:34:38 PM

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A cooperator wrote:
Hi,
I am not sure if "a lot" here is a noun or determiner indicating to the quantity.
A lot has happened in your network.....
Whatever "a lot" is here, why not saying "A lot have happened...... "


I would call it a noun. It represents a large number. And because it is uncountable and singular, you would use "A" lot. It is similar in meaning to saying, "Much has happened in your network..."

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Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 6:05:31 PM

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"A lot " (by itself) is singular, so we say "A lot has happened."

But: "A lot of things have happened."  ("A lot of things" would be construed as plural.)

More confusingly, we often say "lots of " instead of "a lot of ". Either form, depending on context, can mean either "much" (singular) or "many" (plural).

- "Lots of stuff has happened."
- "A lot of merchandise was for sale."
- "A lot of buildings were destroyed."


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