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Teacher Tips and Answers

Using Words Correctly 2


Be careful to avoid confusion with these tricky pairs:

  • allot, a lot: Allot means to provide for a specific purpose. A lot refers to a great deal of something. (Alot is not a word).

    Manuel decided to allot a whole day to baking and cooking.

    He made a lot of cookies on Saturday.

  • already, all ready: Already is an adverb that means "before or by now." All ready is an adjective meaning "completely prepared."

    By noon, he had already baked four dozen peanut butter cookies.

    Meanwhile, he had the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies all ready to mix together.

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