Please consider the following sentence:

Computers may not really think, but, driven by emotion, hormones, ego, reflex or whatever, neither do we a lot of the time.

I am not sure about the use of the phrase a lot of the time here. Is it different, in terms of meaning and usage, from a lot of times in the following sentences?

A lot of times when someone enters the judicial system, they're trapped there forever.

We know we tried to do something. It helps, and a lot of times it works.

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In the phrase "A lot of the time," the noun "time" is a mass (noncount) noun. It has a durative meaning: "during significant portions of (the) time."

In contrast, in "a lot of times," "times" is a plural count noun meaning "occasions." It's like "many times" or "on many occasions."

Marilyn Martin

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