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Jul 7 2009   11:23AM GMT

Which is correct — a while or awhile?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

typing Which is correct?
Taiichi Ohno studied supermarket operation forĀ  _______ before developing Toyota’s rules for lean production.
a. awhile
b. a while

Answer: b

Explanation: A while is a period of time; awhile means for a period of time, so “for awhile” would mean “for for a while.”

Taiichi Ohno studied supermarket operation for a period of time before developing Toyota’s rules for lean production.

Sherry Coven explains while vs. awhile on Everything Language and Grammar.

Maeve Maddox also covers the subject on Daily Writing Tips.

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