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Grammar mistake?

Discussion in '11/22/63' started by CeciliaMari, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. CeciliaMari

    CeciliaMari New Member

    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.
     
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  2. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    welcome!
     
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  3. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    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!
     
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  4. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    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.
     
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  5. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....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.....
     
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  6. CeciliaMari

    CeciliaMari New Member

    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?
     
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  7. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    I caught myself looking but didn't see the title, thanks.
     
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  8. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Welcome. Didn't notice this myself. Maybe because I tend ti use this expression.
     
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  9. Maddie

    Maddie Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

    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. ; )
     
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  10. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    I use alright all the time. But it's wrong, right?
     
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  11. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    I do, too. It's just an informal coupling of two words, basically.
     
  12. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    [​IMG]
     
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  13. Neesy

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

    If I were you I'd contact The Library Policeman
    :cool-new::m_phone:

    Welcome CeciliaMari!

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  14. Neesy

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

    I think someone said the road to hell is paved with adverbs - anyway I would not "sweat it"
    :reading:
     
  15. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

  16. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    I will think about this in awhile, alright?

    Welcome to the boards. :)

    I speak Calla aswell. Ya ken?
     
  17. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    :laugh:
     
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  18. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    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 :)
     
  19. ghost19

    ghost19 "Have I run too far to get home?"

    "You just gotta keep livin' man, L-I-V-I-N."....lol. That movie brings back some really cool yet hazy memories. 1993 was a fun year...lol
     
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