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    Adverb/Noun/Preposition

    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?

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    Re: Adverb/Noun/Preposition

    Hi Roselin.
    I'm not a teacher.

    I think
    1) up - an adjective
    2) about - a preposition
    3) I guess 'on' is an adverb here.
    4) a while - a noun.

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    Re: Adverb/Noun/Preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hi Roselin.
    I'm not a teacher.

    I think
    1) up - an adjective
    2) about - a preposition
    3) I guess 'on' is an adverb here.
    4) a while - a noun.
    NOT A TEACHER
    Well, I think ' a while' is an adverb because it is modifying the verb 'rest'

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    Re: Adverb/Noun/Preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by tipu s View Post
    NOT A TEACHER
    Well, I think ' a while' is an adverb because it is modifying the verb 'rest'

    ***** 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.


    Respectfully yours,


    James

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    Re: Adverb/Noun/Preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post

    (2) Both you and Verona are correct. Congratulations!!!
    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.

    a while in the OP's sentence is a noun

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    Re: Adverb/Noun/Preposition

    Even though I don't care either way about whether awhile is a solecism or not, I did find this interesting:

    Usage Discussion of AWHILE

    Although considered a solecism by many commentators, awhile, like several other adverbs of time and place, is often used as the object of a preposition

    <for awhile there is a silence — Lord Dunsany>.
    Awhile - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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