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    Question a while / awhile

    Is there any diffrence in using a while and awhile? I know awhile means a period of time usually short. Is there any specific lengh of time for awhile?

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    Default Re: a while / awhile

    The word awhile is considered by many grammarians to be ungrammatical, a solecism, however it is sometimes used in place of the two words a while when it is used as the object of a preposition. "I'm going to rest for awhile."

    I always recommend that my students avoid usages that some, but not all, teachers and other experts consider non-standard. Why take unnecessary chances? The word awhile falls into that category. Avoid using it, you'll never be considered wrong if you use the words a while in every instance.

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    Default Re: a while / awhile

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    The word awhile is considered by many grammarians to be ungrammatical, a solecism, however it is sometimes used in place of the two words a while when it is used as the object of a preposition. "I'm going to rest for awhile."

    I always recommend that my students avoid usages that some, but not all, teachers and other experts consider non-standard. Why take unnecessary chances? The word awhile falls into that category. Avoid using it, you'll never be considered wrong if you use the words a while in every instance.

    Thank you so much for your help!!! The original sentence is:
    " Thanks for the invitation.I would love to come.It may be a while though " )
    The speaker is not really refusing the invitation but just saying that he or she can not come now and it will be later . Am I correct ?

    Thanks again !!!

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    Default Re: a while / awhile

    Quote Originally Posted by dinha View Post
    Thank you so much for your help!!! The original sentence is:
    " Thanks for the invitation.I would love to come.It may be a while though " )
    The speaker is not really refusing the invitation but just saying that he or she can not come now and it will be later . Am I correct ?

    Thanks again !!!
    Yes, but better to say I may be a while though

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    Quote Originally Posted by dinha View Post
    Is there any diffrence in using a while and awhile? I know awhile means a period of time usually short. Is there any specific lengh of time for awhile?

    Thanks !
    The single word "awhile" is an adverb. It can be used correrctly as:

    After my trip, I slept awhile.

    If you use a prepsotion with it, you then need the noun.

    After my trip, I slept for a while.

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    Default Re: a while / awhile

    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    Yes, but better to say I may be a while though
    I don't see anything wrong with "it will be a while". In that case, it refers to the time period.

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