Also, I don’t know if it’s supposed to be “a while” or “awhile.” Are they interchangeable? Or is it like “alot” and “a lot” where one is correct and the other is alot? (Which should not be confused with allot, which is a word.) This is obviously an important issue. I only care about important issues.
Ahh, blessed internet!
Via Grammar Girl
“A while” is a time, a noun. The article “a” before “while” is a sure sign that you’re dealing with a noun. Notice in the following sentence that you could replace “a while” with another article-noun combination such as “a year”:
It’s been a while since Squiggly tried marmite.
“Awhile” means “for a time” and it’s an adverb. Notice in the following sentence that you could replace “awhile” with another adverb such as “quietly”:
Go play awhile.
So I was right! It’s been a while. I think I will reread it. 🙂
(This is how my brain works.)