funny enough, i took a short break from the book i'm reading to check email
and read this message. returning to the book i read this sentence:

"We picked the twelfth and thirteenth of July, but for awhile the issue was
in some doubt."


On Sunday, February 17, 2013, Jason McIntyre wrote:

> On Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 01:29:00PM +0400, Nick Permyakov wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I might be nitpicking, but the sentence "This will take awhile..." at
> > the bottom of doesn't seem very
> > grammatical to me. I'd suggest fixing it to read "...take a while...".
> >
> > Best regards,
> > Nick Permyakov
> >
> i thought it sounded strange too, so i looked it up. from collins
> cobuild:
>         awhile: "Awhile" means for a short time. It is more commonly
>         spelled `a while', which is considered more correct, especially
>         in British English.
> so i don;t think there's anything wrong with it, as such. having said
> that, it's written in the context of a make build. i wonder whether the
> author really wanted to suggest a short time ;)
> jmc

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