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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