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3 Mar 2019 — Awhile


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Taxi stopped in traffic

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


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No change.

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


Change for awhile  to for a while.

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



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.



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



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