The tutor brings up another pair of homonyms, homophones, or what you like to call them….
a lot: many. We had a lot of problems producing the film.
allot: allocate. We will allot five graph sheets to each student for the exercise.
To my knowledge, alot is not a word; the spell checker doesn’t even tolerate it:)
Merriam-Webster. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2004.
Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.