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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Lesson 288. Today we're going to look at

  • the difference between a while, two words and awhile

  • one word. Okay. Let's take a look at the note here. The term awhile as a single

  • word is an adverb and it means for a time. iI cannot be used after prepositions

  • such as for, in, after, etc. It usually directly follows a verb. Okay. So let's

  • look at some of the examples here. He, he rested for awhile. . Okay. Here this would

  • be wrong to use awhile as a single word here because it as a single word is a

  • preposition. So it cannot follow for. So again this would be correct with the

  • check. You say he rested awhile. Just that's it.

  • Just awhile no' for' no ;in' no ' after. \" None of that. So it's a it's an adverb. It

  • directly modifies the verb. Okay. All right. Let's continue. No the second one here. He

  • rested for ten minutes. Yeah. It's just another way to show, you know, This , this

  • period of time that he rested. Okay. Let's continue. The term a while as two words

  • is a noun phrase. In this sense, use 'a' with a while. So it has to go with a

  • while in order to be the noun phrase. As a noun phrase, a while can follow

  • prepositions. So again this is, this is another mistake that we're probably

  • going to notice more in writing. Because when you speak it it sounds exactly the same.

  • Awhile as one word and a while as two words is spoken so fast that you can't

  • tell the difference in speech. You're mostly going to see this in writing. Okay.

  • Let's continue. So again with the X . This is wrong. He will return in a while. So

  • you're using in it's a preposition so you cannot be using the adverb which is

  • a single word here. So of course, with the check, this is

  • correct. He will return in a while. A while here is two words. It is the noun phrase.

  • Okay. let's continue. He will return after a while. Again the same thing.' After' is

  • still a preposition. So awhile, as a single word is not correct here. It's an

  • adverb. Okay and let's read the last one. With the check this is correct. He will

  • return after a while two words again. It's the noun phrase. Okay. Anyway, I hope it's

  • clear. Because this is a common mistake, especially found in writing. Well, I hope it's

  • clear. I hope it was informative. Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Lesson 288. Today we're going to look at

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A2 BEG US awhile single word rested noun phrase adverb noun

English Tutor Nick P Lesson (288) The Difference Between a While and Awhile

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