[Grammar] Transitive or intransitive: idle away

naweewra

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Hello,

Do I need a time period when I use "idle away"?

a) He has been idling away. In all the time that he has been here, he has done nothing.

b) He has been idling the time away. Since he has been here, he has done nothing.

Are the above sentences OK?

Thank you.

Nawee
 

bhaisahab

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They are OK. I prefer b).
 
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