- 1 Post By Roselin
- 3 Post By Verona_82
- 3 Post By tipu s
- 2 Post By TheParser
1) The UP TRAIN is late.
Is up here used as a noun?
2) He told us all about the battle.
Is about here used as a prepostion?
3) Let us move on.
Is on used here as an adverb?
4) Sit down and rest a while.
Is a while here used as an adverb?
I'm not a teacher.
1) up - an adjective
2) about - a preposition
3) I guess 'on' is an adverb here.
4) a while - a noun.
NOT A TEACHER
Originally Posted by Verona_82
Well, I think ' a while' is an adverb because it is modifying the verb 'rest'
Originally Posted by tipu s
***** A NON-TEACHER's COMMENT *****
(1) This is something that also confuses native speakers (writers).
(2) Both you and Verona are correct. Congratulations!!!
(3) awhile (one word) = adverb:
Lie down awhile, and get some sleep.
(4) a while = adjective/determiner + noun:
Lie down a while./ Lie down for a while.
Full credit for these examples go to The Columbia Guide to
Standard American English, edited by Mr. Kenneth G. Wilson.
They can't both be correct. A word has one function in a sentence. Even if something can be a verb or a noun, it is one or the other in any particular sentence, not both.
Originally Posted by TheParser
a while in the OP's sentence is a noun
Even though I don't care either way about whether awhile is a solecism or not, I did find this interesting:
Awhile - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary Usage Discussion of AWHILE
Although considered a solecism by many commentators
like several other adverbs of time and place, is often used as the object of a preposition
there is a silence — Lord Dunsany>.
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