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DBOO

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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
 

Sundrop

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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.".
 

skimom2

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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.
 

Neesy

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

Welcome to the SKMB @DBOO
 
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