Date: Tue, 6 Jun 1995 10:37:30 EDT From: Larry Horn Subject: 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-- Examples: A WHILE "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.'" AWHILE "They are often looking for test systems that will be around for quite awhile." --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." --Larry MDNM/DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD DDDDD