"lot of luck'" or "lots of luck"

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Are both of below sentences correct?

I had a lot of luck yesterday.
I had lots of luck yesterday.

Are they interchangeable?

rtruszk

Posted 2014-12-18T22:09:38.817

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possible duplicate of "a lot of" vs. "lots of"

– Matthew Haugen – 2014-12-18T22:44:52.987

1@MatthewHaugen I saw this question before asking. But 'friend' is countable and 'luck' is not. So I thougth it is not duplicate. – rtruszk – 2014-12-18T22:49:53.463

Interesting. Fair enough, I'll buy that. I've retracted my close vote. But I'm leaving my comment since they're quite related, and I think that's an important distinction to be made for anyone who intends to answer this question. – Matthew Haugen – 2014-12-18T22:51:06.380

2Luck is easy, because you can't pluralise it. But all four combinations are valid with, say *"I had a lot of trouble then", "I had a lot of troubles then", "I had lots of trouble then", "I had lots of troubles then"*. In the case of "luck", I don't think there's any meaningful difference. When negating (as in "I don't have a lot of luck with girls") it would normally be *a lot*, not *lots*. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica – 2014-12-18T23:00:05.133

@FumbleFingers Thanks. Would you change this comment into answer? – rtruszk – 2014-12-18T23:06:23.947

3Right, I think they are interchangeable in OP's exact situation. They aren't interchangeable in: "I'm gonna go win that big stuffed animal at the penny toss booth." "Ok, lots o' luck with that!" you can't say, "Ok, a lot of luck with that!" – Jim – 2014-12-18T23:08:06.567

@rtruszk: A good answer would include the points made by both me and Jim. Probably together with other restrictions on use and/or differences in meaning. For many purposes *a lot* and *lots* are fairly interchangeable, but I'd rather see an answer covering general usage differences. Perhaps including usages with other "things you can have a lot/lots of" besides *luck*. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica – 2014-12-18T23:16:44.127

I'm gonna go win that big stuffed animal at the penny toss booth. I see no problem with Okay, a lot of luck with that! This shows how interchangeable the two phrases are. There is basically no difference in lots of luck and a lot of luck. Both speak about a general quantity. One difference is that it is idiomatic to repeat lots but not a lot, as in I eat lots and lots and lots of pizza. But not I eat a lot and a lot and a lot of pizza. – None – 2014-12-19T00:46:10.220

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I feel these phrases are not interchangeable. We usually use "lots of luck" when we wish somebody, for example, I wish you lots of luck in your job! Otherwise, it doesn't sound appropriate to use this phrase in other cases like the second sentence.

So the first sentence "I had a lot of luck yesterday" is preferable.

Khan

Posted 2014-12-18T22:09:38.817

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But how is it with an other uncountable noun instead of luck? For example: "water". Every time I take a bath, I consume a lot of water. vs. Every time I take a bath, I consume lots of water. – Wogehu – 2019-08-02T11:46:29.190