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Jan 3 2018   5:44PM GMT

A while vs. awhile – Which is correct?

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert


Digital transformation is tied to the broader trend of business transformation and takes ______ to take hold.

a. awhile
b. a while

Which is correct?


Answer: B

Both a while and awhile refer to a vague period of time. However, a while is used as a noun meaning “a period of time,” and awhile is used as an adverb meaning “for a time.”

A good rule of thumb for both: A while is used if it can be replaced with another article and noun like a year or a minute. Awhile is correct if it can be replaced with another adverb such as quietly or shortly.

Learn more about the differences in Grammar Girl’s video:

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