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Difference between a while and awhile

A lot of English speakers get confused between the words a while and awhile. These 2 words are spelled almost the same but for the fact that in one the a is seperated.


A while a (noun) is used to describe time. The artile “a” before while is sure proof that it is a noun.

For Example. Its been a while since we visited grandmom.

Belta is travelling to Harizona and she will be with us for a while.

Its been a while since I visited Yaounde


Awhile  on the otherhand means “for a time,” and it’s an adverb.

For example go play awhile with the kids

Sing awhile while I go and play the piano

Eat awhile, you’ve not had apetite for some time



9 thoughts on “Difference between a while and awhile”

  1. Bright says:

    Wow 😮 seriously I’ve been taking both to be same.. Tnx for the enlightenment

  2. Teresa says:

    This was enlightening. I did not realize there was a difference between the two. Obviously there is and now I know how to properly use them. Thanks so much!!!

  3. Mustafa Ahmed says:

    I never no the difference before now, thanks

  4. Omotayo says:

    I love this I don’t even think there is any difference before

  5. Vall says:

    I’m pretty well a while you’re upset.
    Awhile you crossed that street the cars waiting.

  6. mosvlan says:

    I know there’s different but I don’t know properly use it. Thank you.

  7. Patrick says:

    I am happy to be here. There is no limit to learning English language.

  8. Reymark Fabian says:

    Yes thank you.!

  9. Bebe says:

    Thanks my English is very poor, I think I’m gonna learn more, Thank

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