I have a problem with for awhile...

Discussion in 'Doctor Sleep' started by DBOO, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. DBOO

    DBOO New Member

    I just finished, reading with great pleasure, Doctor Sleep. I am asking a grammar question. I always understood that "for awhile" was incorrect usage and "for a while" was correct. If for awhile has become correct, please let me know so I can get off my high horse about its use! Thank you....DBOO
     
  2. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    Don't lose sleep over this. Just roll with the feeling for awhile a while.
     
  3. Sundrop

    Sundrop the Great and Wonderful

    This is what I found. Looks like either is correct, and having slightly differing meanings

    The adverb awhile (one word) means for a short time: "Stay awhile."
    The noun phrase a while (two words) refers to a period of time: "I sat for a while and waited.".
     
  4. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Language often changes over time, and this is becoming acceptable. The one that's currently sticking in my craw is 'alright'. I had 'all right' drummed into my head so often that the other makes me cringe. Still, you see it everywhere, so it's obviously okay in common usage.
     
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  5. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    Welcome to the site
     
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  6. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...is it time for recess?.....
     
  7. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    In awhile, be patient.
     
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  8. Sundrop

    Sundrop the Great and Wonderful

    You have to stay after class for a while......
     
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  9. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

  10. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...long as I get to clap yer erasers if ya know what I mean...
     
  11. Angelo Bottigliero

    Angelo Bottigliero Well-Known Member

    I'm having a while of a time on these boards :p
     
  12. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    @GNTLGNT can help you get down off that high horse if you like (he is pretty tall)

    Welcome to the SKMB @DBOO
    [​IMG]
     
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  13. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Beta Tester/Moderator Moderator

    WTH is that raccoon eating?
     
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  14. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    Ick - something with slimy innards. Or maybe cheese.
     
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  15. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I thought it was a gooey caramel like inside a Twix bar
     
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  16. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    Mayhap it be.
     
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  17. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Howdy Renee!
    [​IMG]
    I fear we are getting off topic, but we have been doing that for "awhile"!
     
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  18. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    @Neesy
    Hello, darlin'!
    [​IMG]
    Drive by posts are so fun to sully. I'm trying to say "awhile" or "a while" often these days and discern when to use which. Nonsensical, isn't it?
     
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  19. Christine62

    Christine62 Well-Known Member

    Stephen King could write every other word wrong and I would still follow him home like a love-sick puppy. :biglove:
     
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  20. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    HAHA! That took me back to the days when I had a teeny crush on Mr. King. It was those darn blue eyes and dark hair... (lol)
     
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