I tfinish to usage the one word variation, yet I alert a lot of people separation it into 2. Is one way correct, or correct in specific situations?

Also, many thanks for the redirect write-up from r/grammer.

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"A while" is a time, a noun. The post "a" prior to "while" is a certain sign that you're dealing with a noun. Notice in the adhering to sentence that you can replace "a while" through an additional article-noun combicountry such as "a year":

It's been a while since Squiggly tried marmite.

"Awhile" means "for a time" and it's an adverb. Notice in the following sentence that you can replace "awhile" via another adverb such as "quietly":

Go play awhile.

Finally, just to make it confutilizing, if you rephrase the previous sentence and also relocation the adverb through a prepositional phrase, you need the noun aget because an adverb can't be the object of the preplace.

Go play for a while.

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/while-versus-awhile?page=all#sthash.ujN8ulf0.dpuf


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While I totally understand also this and am certain it is true, I still find it utterly ridiculous. And I examine English. Excusage my french, yet fuck me.


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· 8y

From my computer's dictionary:

USAGE The adverb awhile ( : we paprovided awhile) have to be created as one word. The noun expression, meaning 'a duration of time,' esp. once preyielded by a preposition, have to be composed as 2 words ( : Margaret rested for a while ;: we’ll be tbelow in a while ).


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"A while" is a time; "awhile" is an adverb.

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http://lmgtfy.com/?q=awhile+or+a+while


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