Date: Tue, 6 Jun 1995 11:09:22 -0500
From: Gerald Walton vcgw[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SUNSET.BACKBONE.OLEMISS.EDU
Subject: Re: a while/awhile ??
"For a while, the hope of achieving such a standard rested on the
shoulders of WorldFIP and ISPF. "
My memory of some "rule" from the past is that the two separate words are
used when the "while" is clearly the object of the preposition--"I read my
e-mail for a while last night." And "awhile" is used when it is clear that
it is just an adverbial modifier--"I read e-mail awhile last night."