Are both of below sentences correct?

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

Are they interchangeable?

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    possible duplicate of "a lot of" vs. "lots of" – Matthew Haugen Dec 18 '14 at 22:44
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    @MatthewHaugen I saw this question before asking. But 'friend' is countable and 'luck' is not. So I thougth it is not duplicate. – rtruszk Dec 18 '14 at 22:49
  • 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 Dec 18 '14 at 22:51
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    Luck 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 Dec 18 '14 at 23:00
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    Right, 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 Dec 18 '14 at 23:08

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.

  • 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 Aug 2 '19 at 11:46

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