Never use ‘alot’. It’s not a word, and it’s one of the most common errors I see. If you mean ‘to a great extent’ or ‘a large number’, you want two words: a lot.
Another view... fwiw...
My university English teacher told us NEVER use "a lot".
A "lot" is a plot of land... like in the city... 60 x 110.
She was adamant about our not using it.
Instead, use "plenty" or "many" or be specific.... six hours.... a million dollars.... more than she could count.
1. Avoid unnecessary or redundant adjectives and adverbs. There’s no need to write about the “large white polar bear.” If it’s a polar bear, large and white are understood. Similarly, you needn’t write that someone “whispered softly”. There’s no other way to whisper. Trimming these sorts of descriptors will make your writing tighter—and free up some words that you can apply to things like characterization or plot development.
I don't know if this is the place to mention it, but also remember "unique" and "perfect" are already superlatives and cannot be added to or detracted from.
In other words... if something is "perfect," it is as perfect as it can be
. Don't say, "The dress was the most perfect
of any she had tried on." It is illogical. It is redundant.
Likewise, for "unique." If it is unique, it is one of a kind
. It cannot be any more unique than it already is. Don't say, "The teapot at Bloomingdale's was more unique
than the one at Macy's." It is illogical and redundant.
In both cases, the sentences need to be re-written. Don't just delete "most" or "more."
After five hours of trying on dresses, she found a perfect gown.
Bloomingdale's teapot was unique, and she preferred it over the mediocre stoneware available at Macy's.