“A While” Is Always Okay!

Margie Wakeman Wells General 1 Comment

There is no need to be a quandary over awhile versus a while. It can always be two words.

It has to be two words after a preposition and in “a while ago” and “a while back.”

…there for a while…
…called in a while…
…saw him a while ago…
…remember it from a while back…

English has something called an “adverbial objective.” It is a noun that can be used as an adverb. A while is a noun and can be used to answer the question “how long,” which is an adverb. It is two words as a noun.

…spent a while with him…
…together a while there…

Dilemma solved! Take awhile out of your dictionary. It is always correct as two words.

Happy punctuating!

Margie

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