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    Once for a while

    Dear all,


    Do you say "once for a while" to mean "once in a while"?

    I happened see "once for a while" in an email I got from a friend.

    Thank you!

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    Re: Once for a while

    No, don't say that. I don't know why that other person used it, but it's not normal.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Once for a while

    Do you say "once for a while" to mean "once in a while"?
    It certainly is not used as an alternative to 'once in a while'. It is possible, if unlikely, meaning 'on one occasion, for a short time'.

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    Re: Once for a while

    Well, true.

    Once, for a while, I tried out...
    But not: I go there once for a while.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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