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a while, awhile

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Awhile is an adverb that will most commonly follow a verb. (Could you wait awhile?)

A while is a noun form and usually appears after a preposition (usually for or in). The main confusion here is that both can be used in very similar sentences:

Sit awhile (adverb) and Sit for a while (noun) are both correct.

The key is to look for the preposition. If you see one of those little words, you should use a while.

Note also that while is a subordinating conjunction, which starts dependent clauses.

Example: While she waited for the bus, the lady rested for a while on the bench. The bus came awhile later.

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