Another short one today, starting with a confession. This one took me the longest time to learn, and I'm not sure why. It's really fairly simple!
Awhile means "for a while."
A while is two words, usually used after the word for.
So, if you say for awhile, you're really saying for for a while -- which is just wrong.
I'm going to stay at my sister's house for a while.
I'm going to stay at my sister's house awhile.
I'll be leaving in a while.
Remember, if I left in awhile, that would be the same as saying I'm leaving in for a while.
The trick I finally came up with to get it right is to remember to use either one word (awhile) or three words (for a while) -- no two words about it.
Hope you all are enjoying better weather than we are in northern Minnesota, where it snowed all day. My tulips are done, my rhubarb is trying to go to seed, and my lilacs are ready to pop open...and it's snowing like crazy. There's something wrong here!