Date: Tue, 6 Jun 1995 10:37:30 EDT
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: No subject given
In addition to Allan Metcalf's observation, which is what I would have said (at
least the part about 'a while' being a noun phrase and 'awhile' being an
adverb), it's worth mentioning that the original examples--
"For a while, the hope of achieving such a standard rested on the
shoulders of WorldFIP and ISPF. "
"Lastly, I'd like to go on record as advocating banishing from the
English language, at least for a while, the word 'paradigm.'"
"They are often looking for test systems that will be around for quite
--actually both involve NPs, and would be (prescriptively) instances of 'a
while'. On the other hand, we'd have the adverbial use in e.g.
"They are looking for test systems that will be around awhile."
"They decided to rest awhile."