Wondering whether to spell the word ‘a while’ or ‘awhile’? We can help with that, plus teach you how to pronounce the word and use it in a sentence correctly.
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That means they’re both technically the correct spelling.
As you just learned, the difference between these two words is that ‘awhile’ means for a while.
‘A while’ means for a period of time. ‘A while’ should only be used when following a preposition.
Let’s see some examples, so you have a clearer picture of what both words mean.
We know that ‘awhile’ means for a while, and ‘a while’ means a period of time.
‘I sat down to read a book for a while.’
‘She went away for awhile.’
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of ‘awhile’ is for a while.
There’s no entry for ‘a while.’ However, the dictionary defines ‘while’ as a period of time, trouble, although, and whereas.
It could also mean similarly and at the same time that, as well as until.
Are you unsure of how to pronounce this word? Here’s a short guide on pronunciation.
To pronounce both words correctly here’s the phonetic spelling:
Let’s see some examples of how to use ‘a while’ in a sentence.
Now let’s see some examples of how to use ‘awhile’ in a sentence.
To recap, we learned that:
Therefore, they’re both technically the correct spelling.
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