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    #1

    for ages vs. a while

    Hello everybody,
    I have a simple question. Is there any difference between these two sentences?:
    I haven't seen him for ages.
    and
    I haven't seen him for a while.
    Both of them should mean "I haven't seen him for a long time", but I was told by one non-native speaker that the first sentence sounds like a cliché, or maybe less natural than the other one. What do you think?

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    Re: for ages vs. a while

    They are both natural.

    To me, for ages means for a longer time than for a while.

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    #3

    Re: for ages vs. a while

    A "while" is usually relatively short. "Wait here a while until the doctor is ready to see you."


    A "long while" exists, but "ages" is still even longer than a long while.

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    #4

    Re: for ages vs. a while

    And does "I haven't seen him for ages" sound as a cliché to you?

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    #5

    Re: for ages vs. a while

    There's nothing wrong with a cliche, used in moderation.

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    #6

    Re: for ages vs. a while

    I think that there's nothing wrong with a clichés if you don't overuse them.
    So I gather that it is a cliché, am I right?

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    #7

    Re: for ages vs. a while

    I would say that it is an expression.

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