A While – Awhile – do you know the difference?

You must say this word or phrase frequently. But are you using them correctly?

 

Follow this simple explanation:

“a” is an adjective and “while” is a noun. See the difference below.

 

Compare these two sentences:

I watched the show for a while.

I watched the show awhile.

 

“While” is a noun. While needs a preposition to use it properly.

I+watched+show. That’s the basic form. You need a preposition to connect them using “while.”

 

We watched the show for a while. Correct.

I’ll be back in awhile. Incorrect

 

“Awhile” is an adverb. Adverbs modify verbs, adjectives and other adverbs. They describe how and don’t need a preposition before them.

 

Stand here awhile.

 

Mike and Susan spoke awhile.

 

Remember, “while” needs a preposition. It has to be a two-word phrase. “Awhile” is an adverb (describes how) and can stand alone.

 

 

 

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