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Consider:

Technology helps us with our everyday tasks a lot.

Is "a lot" necessary in this sentence? If yes, where is its proper position?

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    It's completely unnecessary to include a lot unless you specifically need to emphasis the idea that technology is extremely helpful in dealing with everyday tasks (as opposed to just "helpful"). But if you are going to include it, you should note that idiomatically, most native speakers would almost certainly position it straight after helps us rather than tacking it on after the [optional] prepositional clause with our everyday tasks. – FumbleFingers Nov 18 '16 at 16:35
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The correct position depends on the meaning you want. The following is how I interpret "a lot" in various positions.

Technology helps us with our everyday tasks a lot.

This means that technology frequently helps with everyday tasks, without specifying the extent to which technology helps.

Technology helps us a lot with our everyday tasks.

This means that technology provides a great help with everyday tasks, without specifying how often technology helps. However, I suppose it is possible to interpret this form of the sentence in the same way as #1 is interpreted.

Technology helps us with a lot of our everyday tasks.

This means that a large number of everyday tasks are made easier with technology, without specifying the extent to which or the frequency with which technology helps.


To answer, the other part of your question "a lot" isn't necessary in your sentence. If you remove it:

Technology helps us with our everyday tasks.

Your sentence still makes sense, it just doesn't emphasize that technology is a great help.

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