a lot (pron)
We still owe quite a lot. Nous devons encore beaucoup d'argent.
→ Have one of mine, I've got a lot.
→ I learned a lot from him.
He reads a lot. Il lit beaucoup.
→ They went out a lot.
I like him a lot. Je l'aime beaucoup.
This happens a lot. Cela arrive souvent.
not a lot
(=nothing much) pas grand-chose
What did you do at the weekend? -- Not a lot. Qu'as-tu fait ce week-end? -- Pas grand-chose.
→ there's not a lot you can do
There's not a lot between the two teams. Il n'y a pas beaucoup de différence entre les deux équipes.
→ on paper there's not a lot between the teams
a lot of beaucoup de
→ a lot of people
→ I drink a lot of coffee.
→ A lot of our land is used to grow crops.
We saw a lot of interesting things. Nous avons vu beaucoup de choses intéressantes.
the lot le tout
→ She's taken the lot!
→ Instead of paying his rent, he went to a betting shop and lost the lot.
that's the lot c'est tout
lots of des tas de
→ a big house with lots of windows
He's got lots of friends. Il a des tas d'amis.
She's got lots of money. Elle a plein d'argent.
They're a boring lot. * Ils ne sont pas rigolos, ceux-là.
→ Future generations are going to think that we were a pretty boring lot.
We've just sacked one lot of builders. Nous venons de renvoyer une première équipe de maçons.
(=batch) lot m
→ They are busy giving out two lots of pamphlets to people in the street.
(=piece of land) terrain m
→ If oil or gold is discovered under your lot, you can sell the mineral rights.
→ lot no. 359
→ Lot No 359 was a folder of 11 original sketches.
(=destiny) sort m , destinée f
to improve one's lot améliorer sa condition
→ attempts by the workers to improve their lot
to be discontented with one's lot ne pas être satisfait (e) de son sort
→ Young people are usually less contented with their lot.
to throw in one's lot with sb
(=join forces with) se mettre du côté de qn
→ He decided to throw in his lot with far-right groups in parliament.
to draw lots tirer au sort → Two names were selected by drawing lots. to draw lots for sth tirer qch au sort
n lot m
→ Nearly 20 years ago he bought his first job lot of 50 books for 5 pounds.
→ the Michelangelo drawing, bought as part of a job lot for £40 in 1942
n (US) parking m , parc m de stationnement
n (mainly US, gen) terrain m inoccupé , (for sale)
terrain m à vendre