“A lot of” or “lots of” can be used to substitute “much” or “many”. It marks a large, unidentified amount.
She has many/a lot of ‘friends’, but only a few close friends.
I don’t have much/lots of money on me—I’d better go to the bank.
“A lot” or “lots” can also be an adverb, but without the ‘of’!
I love driving a lot.
I watch TV lots. There are lots of great TV shows on cable!
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