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    Question "for a while" vs "for the while"

    Hello!

    I just wrote the sentence I think we should put it off for the while in a letter and then I started wondering is that correct English at all? Should I say "for a while"? Do the two mean different things?

    My native language has no definite and indefinite articles at all so they always confuse me

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    Re: "for a while" vs "for the while"

    Quote Originally Posted by TLian View Post
    Hello!

    I just wrote the sentence I think we should put it off for the while in a letter and then I started wondering is that correct English at all? Should I say "for a while"? Do the two mean different things?

    My native language has no definite and indefinite articles at all so they always confuse me
    The everyday expression is 'for a while' but I believe I've seen the used here for literary effect.

    b

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