a while, awhile

 To write "for awhile" is wrong because the idea of for is implicit in awhile. Write either "I will stay here for a while" (two words) or "I will stay here awhile" (one word).

Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors. 2013.

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  • a while, awhile —    To write for awhile is wrong because the idea offor is implicit in awhile. Write either I will stay here for a while (two words) or I will stay here awhile (one word) …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • a while / awhile —    A while is two words meaning a short period of time : I will meet you in a while. These two words are never spelled together …   Confused words

  • awhile - a while — ◊ awhile Awhile is an adverb used after a verb. It means for a short period of time . I may have to stay there awhile. Can t you just wait awhile? ◊ a while A while is an indefinite period of time. You can say that someone does something …   Useful english dictionary

  • awhile — awhile, a while Both expressions have the same origin in the word while, but it should be noted that awhile is strictly adverbial whereas a while is a noun phrase (very often preceded by for): • When he reached the street sign he stopped awhile… …   Modern English usage

  • Awhile — A*while , adv. [Adj. a + while time, interval.] For a while; for some time; for a short time. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • awhile — [adv] for a short period briefly, for a bit, for a little while, for a moment, for a spell, for a while, for the moment, momentarily, not for long, temporarily, transiently; concept 798 …   New thesaurus

  • awhile — [ə wīl′, əhwīl′] adv. [ME < OE ane hwile, a while] for a while; for a short time …   English World dictionary

  • awhile — O.E. ane hwile (for) a while, usually written as one word since 13c …   Etymology dictionary

  • awhile, a while — These words cause trouble with spelling, but their meanings are easily distinguished. While is a noun meaning a period of time and with a is correctly spelled and pronounced as two words in a sentence such as Ellie had to wait a while for the bus …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • awhile — a•while [[t]əˈ(h)waɪl, əˈwaɪl[/t]] adv. use for a short time or period: Stay awhile[/ex] • Etymology: bef. 1000; ME; OE āne hwīle (dat.); see a I, while usage: The adverb awhile is always spelled as one word: We rested awhile. The noun phrase a… …   From formal English to slang

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