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    for a while/time.

    I have been to this forum for a while/time.

    Can I use the both phrases interchangeably to mean `for a short period of time' in this context?

    Also, I understood the setence as `I used to visit this forum and I will visit this forum for a while/time'.

    Please help me.

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    Re: for a while/time.

    [1] I've been to this forum for a time.
    [2] I'll visit this forum for a time.

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    Re: for a while/time.

    Your post is not very clear, Gary. The sentence itself (though I change its meaning, of course) would be better understood in this form:

    I have not been to this forum for a while/time.-- Here, 'for a while/time' are interchangeable, and both mean 'for a short period of time'-- and indicate the length of time since the last visit.

    You could also write this:

    I have been at this forum for a while/time. -- Again, the phrases are interchangeable and mean 'for a short period of time', and would logically mean 'I have been a member/participant' for that length of time.

    It is possible for the last to mean 'I have been logged in for this session', but it is not the expected.


    (Sorry for all the editing-- my Toshiba went down in mid-sentence!-- MM)

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    Re: for a while/time.

    Thank you Mister Micawber and Casiopea for your kind explanation.

    I will visit the forum for a while/time.
    I understood the sentence as `I will visit the forum only for a period of time (e.g. 2 years), then I won't visit it.

    Am I right?

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    Re: for a while/time.

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Thank you Mister Micawber and Casiopea for your kind explanation.

    I will visit the forum for a while/time.
    I understood the sentence as `I will visit the forum only for a period of time (e.g. 2 years), then I won't visit it.

    Am I right?
    Yes.


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    Re: for a while/time.

    Thank you friends.
    I have been a teacher for a while.
    I have been in England for a while.

    I understand the first sentence as, "I was a teacher and still I am a teacher but I will be a teacher for a period of time,i.e. she is a temporary teacher".

    I understand the second sentence as, "I was in England and still I am in England but I will stand in England for a few days(for a period of time)"

    Could you help me with this?

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    #7

    Re: for a while/time.

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    I was a teacher/in England and I am still a teacher/in England. The total length of time from the beginning until now is not relatively very long.

    Your sentences say nothing about the total eventual duration-- both conditions may well endure until death takes the speaker.
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    Re: for a while/time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber View Post
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    I was a teacher/in England and I am still a teacher/in England. The total length of time from the beginning until now is not relatively very long.

    Your sentences say nothing about the total eventual duration-- both conditions may well endure until death takes the speaker.
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    Thank you very much Mister Micawber.
    That's what I wanted it.


    [Also, thanks to Casiopea for helping in all my threads]

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