Let alone -meaning
Students can't write anything correctly, let alone speak English.
There were five people in the car, let alone a pile of luggage.
That has always been the lot of the middle class.
His lot has been a hard one.
What is the meaning of "Let alone" and "lot" in these sentences?
Let alone means not to mention (even though it is being mentioned) or besides or not even considering.
Lot means a set or a portion of something. In this context, dictionary.com describes this meaning as "the portion in life assigned by fate or providence; one's fate, fortune, or destiny."
|link||answered May 26 '12 at 08:22 Patty T Grammarly Fellow|
Let alone is used to indicate that something is far less likely or suitable than something else already mentioned:
He was incapable of leading a bowling team, let alone a country.
Lot express the meanings:
:a particular group or set of people or things:
It’s just one lot of rich people stealing from another
He will need a second lot of tills to handle the second currency.
[with adjective] chiefly British a group of a specified kind (used in a derogatory or dismissive way):
an inefficient lot, our Council
:an item or set of items for sale at an auction:
nineteen lots failed to sell
:the making of a decision by random selection, especially by a method involving the choice of one from a number of pieces of folded paper, one of which has a concealed mark:
Officers were elected rather than selected by lot.
:the choice resulting from deciding something by lot:
Eventually the lot fell on the King’s daughter.
:a person’s luck, situation, or destiny in life:
Schemes to improve the lot of the disadvantaged
:chiefly North American a plot of land assigned for sale or for a particular use:
A vacant lot :a car park. :an area of land near a film studio where outside filming may be done. :the area at a car dealership where cars for sale are kept.
|link||answered May 26 '12 at 17:29 Rahul Gupta Expert|
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