Quick answer
"Lots of" is an adjective which is often translated as "muchos", and "a lot" is an adverb which is often translated as "mucho". Learn more about the difference between "lots of" and "a lot" below.
lots of(
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uhv
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (large quantity)
a. muchos (nouns in plural form)
I've lived here for three years, but I still don't have lots of friends.Llevo tres años viviendo acá, pero todavía no tengo muchos amigos.
b. mucho (nouns in singular form)
There were lots of people at the airport this morning.Había mucha gente en el aeropuerto esta mañana.
c. un montón de
He's willing to give me lots of money for my old guitar.Él está dispuesto de darme un montón de dinero por mi vieja guitarra.
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a lot(
uh
 
lat
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (frequently)
a. mucho
Since we live a block from the beach, we swim a lot.Como vivimos a una cuadra de la playa, nadamos mucho.
b. un montón
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Both my wife and I are retired, so we travel a lot.Mi esposa y yo estamos los dos jubilados, así que viajamos un montón.
2. (significantly)
a. mucho
This restaurant is a lot better than the one we went to last night.Este restaurante es mucho mejor que al que fuimos anoche.
b. un montón
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Janet has changed a lot since she started working. She's become more responsible.Janet ha cambiado un montón desde que empezó a trabajar. Se ha vuelto más responsable.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
3. (a significant number)
a. muchos
You can keep that pen. I have a lot.Puedes quedarte con ese bolígrafo. Tengo muchos.
b. muchas
How many people came to the party? - A lot.¿Cuántas personas vinieron a la fiesta? - Muchas.
c. un montón
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I got a lot of presents for my birthday.Me hicieron un montón de regalos por mi cumpleaños.
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