“The people who said, ‘I don’t stress, I take it easy, I retire early,’ - those were the people who tended to die at a young age. That was really surprising and it goes against what a lot of advice that we hear.”
–The last sentence made me prick my ears: ‘what a lot of advice’ sounds unfamiliar (advice being uncountable). Also is ‘what a lot of’ a valid expression?
It’s not valid.
You can use ‘a lot of’ with countable as well as uncountable nouns:
a lot of money
a lot of water
a lot of information[YSaerTTEW443543]
TOEFL listening lectures: What does the professor say about utopian socialists?[YSaerTTEW443543]
“That was really surprising and it goes against what we are being widely advised.” --Any chance?
It is, but this is more likely:
That was really surprising and it goes against a lot of the advice that we are currently getting.