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3 Mar 2019 — Awhile

 

How would you edit this?

 

 

Taxi stopped in traffic

We've been here for awhile. The traffic hasn't moved. 

 

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1.

No change.

We've been here for awhile. The traffic hasn't moved. 

2.

Change for awhile  to for a while.

We've been here for a while. The traffic hasn't moved.

 

GLOSSARY

a while – a period of time  (noun phrase). We'll be there in a while. (Note that this noun phase is the object of the preposition: in a while, for a while, after a while.)   All the while, he kept calling. (during that time)

awhile – for a short period of time (P), briefly (Adv), temporarily (Adv).  We'll be there awhile.  Let's rest awhile.  Prefix a- originates historically from on but now includes to, in, into, on.  See source below.

 

SOURCE

Huddleston, Rodney D. and Geoffrey K. Pullum. "Prepositions vs. Adverbs." 7 §2.4. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge UP, 2002.

 

IMAGE

Taxi cabs stopped in traffic. Pixabay, 21 July 2013. Licensed by CC0. Accessed 2 Mar. 2019.