One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
For a short time.‘stand here awhile’
for a moment, for a while, for a short time, for a little whileView synonyms
- ‘For many of us, New Year Day gives us time to pause awhile and think about our loved ones in a special way.’
- ‘Soon he is off to a small town on the west coast where he decides to stick around awhile.’
- ‘She waited awhile but no sound was heard, not even the twittering of birds outside.’
- ‘If you really, really, like them, you might wait it out awhile to see if they outgrow this annoying phase.’
- ‘If the fight lasts awhile, which it figures to do, Ruiz will land some shots.’
- ‘We intended to sit awhile in the reception area but found it in virtual darkness.’
- ‘So I'm going to savour it awhile and plot some hedonistic scheme to keep me amused.’
- ‘So I'll sit here a while and write a song.’
- ‘Local golfers paused awhile to point it out to one another, then continued on their rounds.’
- ‘But you stand here awhile, that I may. announce to you the word of God.’
- ‘There we got a great welcome, rested awhile while we ate a grand meal prepared by the cook.’
- ‘Stay awhile amid these paintings to appreciate their graphic realism and intense detail.’
- ‘I sat there the rest of the evening some of my friends came to sit with me awhile but they left to dance around ten minutes later.’
The single word awhile is an adverb meaning ‘for a short time’, and should not be confused with the noun use of a while, ‘a period of time’: stand here awhile, but we stood there for a while
Old English āne hwīle ‘(for) a while’.
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