Grammar mistake?

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Doc Creed

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I have just finished reading this great novel, first one by S.King I have read in original language, and I was a bit shocked at the repeated use of "for awhile", throughout the whole book.
It is a bad mistake, even if maybe common. Any explanation? I can't find a way out.
Hello, I wouldn't call that a mistake. Maybe, I'm wrong.
The expressions "in a while" and "for a while" are quite common to denote a certain measure of time. I don't think I follow.
I'm curious, which book did you just finish?
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skimom2

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Maybe because of 'awhile' instead of 'a while'? That's questionable in proper grammar (like 'alot' in place of 'a lot', or 'alright' in place of 'all right'). Or it could be the repetition of a phrase seemingly without reason. Repetition is effective when used deliberately to make a point; if the repetition is not used for emphasis, it could be seen as lazy writing. Not at all saying this is the OP's intent (or that Mr. King has done either--in my experience, he chooses his words very carefully and deliberately), but those are the things that jumped out at me as possibilities suggested by the OP.
 

GNTLGNT

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Hello, I wouldn't call that a mistake. Maybe, I'm wrong.
The expressions "in a while" and "for a while" are quite common to denote a certain measure of time. I don't think I follow.
I'm curious, which book did you just finish?
Welcome!
....since it's in the 11/22/63 Thread, I suspect that's what she is referring to-and I don't consider it a grammatical error, simply King's device of sounding like Everyman.....
 

Maddie

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I was quoting CeceliaMari

It is not essential though that everything be precisely grammatically correct in an authors expression, is it? It brings a reader closer to the writer when they share it right out of their heads even if its flawed and made up words too, but that's just my opinion. ; )
 

Dana Jean

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Maybe because of 'awhile' instead of 'a while'? That's questionable in proper grammar (like 'alot' in place of 'a lot', or 'alright' in place of 'all right'). Or it could be the repetition of a phrase seemingly without reason. Repetition is effective when used deliberately to make a point; if the repetition is not used for emphasis, it could be seen as lazy writing. Not at all saying this is the OP's intent (or that Mr. King has done either--in my experience, he chooses his words very carefully and deliberately), but those are the things that jumped out at me as possibilities suggested by the OP.
I use alright all the time. But it's wrong, right?
 

Neesy

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I have just finished reading this great novel, first one by S.King I have read in original language, and I was a bit shocked at the repeated use of "for awhile", throughout the whole book.
It is a bad mistake, even if maybe common. Any explanation? I can't find a way out.
If I were you I'd contact The Library Policeman
:cool-new::m_phone:

Welcome CeciliaMari!

 

Neesy

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#14
The book is 11/22/63, yes.
And the mistake is the spelling: "awhile" is an adverb, meaning "for a short time". So, it should not follow the preposition "for", right?
I think someone said the road to hell is paved with adverbs - anyway I would not "sweat it"
:reading:
 

skimom2

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I use alright all the time. But it's wrong, right?
Depends on which style guide you use. Some say si, some say no. My editor for my first book was old school--she was horrified that I used 'alright' and made me change every damn one. Now I just default to 'all right' if I have to use it--no one objects to that :)
 
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