What is the difference between "lots" and "a lot of"?

Drift   Saturday, September 18, 2004, 18:23 GMT
As topic.
Easterner   Monday, September 20, 2004, 17:13 GMT
They are basically the same, only "lots of" is slightly more colloquial. Of course in a formal context you would use "many" or "much" instead of "a lot of", but that's the general adjective which can be used for both countable and uncountable nouns in more relaxed speech. "Lots of" is used in casual conversations, or at the end of informal letters, as in "lots of love".
Jaga   Thursday, September 23, 2004, 04:32 GMT
Lots of = plural
a lot = singular
Sanja   Monday, September 27, 2004, 16:08 GMT
I usually use "a lot of" more often than "many" or "much", but I almost never use "lots of".
I see that most native English speakers spell "a lot" as one word ("alot"). Don't know why.