In English it's still in use, as in, "I'll take everything you're selling; how much for the whole lot?" It's used the same way in, "I like it a lot."
I think that in English a lot is a division or part of a land. It may also mean a group forming part of a whole (In selling mangoes for example it may be a small heap of mangoes among other heaps)
In all cases, a lot (noun) is a parcel or bundle. We also speak of a parcel of land (or just a parcel, referring to land). One dictionary says that use of "lot" for "plot of land" is particularly north american; elsewhere, it might be plot (noun)--also understood in the US--or parcel. The identifying numbers on a city plan, for the different parcels, are commonly referred to as the "Lot-Block numbers."
This is a map of the "long lots" drawn up in 1638 by the founder of Providence, RI. The "long lots" have all been shortened, but the width of each lot still remains the same in the historical part of the city. One of the original settlers J. Verin lost his voting rights and land because he interfered with his wife's "right of conscience."
emeyr; replying to myself, as i can't reply to you….I'm not sure if the long lots are the larger divisions, and the blocks are the chunked up lots, or if the blocks are the larger divisions, and the lots are chunks of the blocks.
Either way, it's a process of subdividing (leading to the term "a subdivision," meaning a housing development built on what was previously a larger piece of land, with lots that are subdivided from the larger plot).
lote = a part of land, or a part of something (Dividi meu terreno -land- em dois lotes / O lote de joias 54 foi leiloado por cerca de dois milhões).
If you go to an auction, generally you will bid on a lot which is given a specific number. For example, Lot 23 may have an antique chair, an old record collection, a broken tennis racquet and a fondue set. You really want the antique chair, but you have to buy the whole lot.
My local Portuguese bar uses Sical coffee, and the grind/quality is called Lote Sublime, indicating to my that lote means something along the lines of type (of coffee), sample (of a bigger selection), selection (from a whole), a prize (lottery), and maybe more depending on context.
Here in the north of Brazil it means the same as in English: someone is selling a piece of land and you want to know how much it costs.
Why is "how many" wrong? I suppose it's probably less common, but Quanto can be How Many, correct?
Quanto will be plural depending on the noun. So for uncountables, it will be quanto, now for countables, it changes to quantos.
Remember that not all nouns are classified the same way in PT and English, so there may be cases where you use "quanto" as "how many" - but not this exercise:
Quanto dinheiro você quer pelo lote?
Quantos reais você quer pelo lote?
Duolingo also defined "lote" as "to fill up" so I put "How much do you want to fill up?" (I was thinking, as in filling your car with gasoline) but I got it wrong. Can anyone explain how to use "lote" to mean "fill up" as Duolingo is suggesting?
The hints that duoLingo provides are similar to what a translation dictionary might provide, in that they are a collection of potential meanings that the word could have regardless of context. It's up to us to figure out the correct context.
In this case, the word "lote" is preceded by the contracted preposition "pelo", whose expanded form is "por o". The presence of the masculine definite article "o" indicates that "lote" is being used as a noun meaning portion, share, lot, or batch.
If "lote" were being used as a verb, then it would be a conjugated form of the verb "lotar" which means to fill, to pack, or to fill up.
I hope this helps a little. Bons estudos!
If I see a whole bunch of things to buy on a table and I wish to buy them all, do I say:
- Quantos reais você quer para todos?
- Quantos reais você quer para tudo?
Which one is right?
Thanks, I should have known that Google Translate was way off with PARA, it didn't appear right to me
I thought, the question is about a specific lote, so I added pelo o lote. Why not, in this case?
possibly because the word "o" is already in "pelo" Pelo - por + o. If this is incorrect, someone native to the language correct me? :)
Is "quanto você quer pelo lote" only used when asking about the price someone wants for a lot, in terms of land, or can the same sentence be used to ask how much someone wants for a lot, as in at an auction, and a lot, as in a large amount of things?
A lot: A group of items or a single item that are sold together at auction. Lots are determined before the auction and only the auctioneer can divide a lot. Each lot in an auction is numbered.