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
- ‘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.’
- ‘She waited awhile but no sound was heard, not even the twittering of birds outside.’
- ‘Local golfers paused awhile to point it out to one another, then continued on their rounds.’
- ‘If you really, really, like them, you might wait it out awhile to see if they outgrow this annoying phase.’
- ‘We intended to sit awhile in the reception area but found it in virtual darkness.’
- ‘For many of us, New Year Day gives us time to pause awhile and think about our loved ones in a special way.’
- ‘So I'll sit here a while and write a song.’
- ‘Stay awhile amid these paintings to appreciate their graphic realism and intense detail.’
- ‘If the fight lasts awhile, which it figures to do, Ruiz will land some shots.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Soon he is off to a small town on the west coast where he decides to stick around awhile.’
- ‘So I'm going to savour it awhile and plot some hedonistic scheme to keep me amused.’
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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