Have you ever wondered about the differences between "a while" and "awhile"? I like Professor Paul Brians' comments: When "awhile" is spelled as a single word, it is an adverb meaning "for a time" ("stay awhile"); but when "while" is the object of a prepositional phrase, like "Lend me your monkey wrench for a while" the "while" must be separated from the "a." (But if the preposition "for" were lacking in this sentence, "awhile" could be used in this way: "Lend me your monkey wrench awhile.") Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary* says, "Although considered a solecism by many commentators, awhile, like several other adverbs of time and place, is often used as the object of a preposition (for awhile there is a silence -- Lord Dunsany). For the word "while," the dictionary says "1 : a period of time especially when short and marked by the occurrence of an action or a condition : TIME 2 : the time and effort used (as in the performance of an action) : TROUBLE (worth your while)" Thoroughly confused? Sit back and rest for a while! *By permission. From Merriam-Webster's Collegiate(R) Dictionary at www.m-w.com by Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.
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This just in from my daughter-in-law and son who live near Seattle on five wooded acres...
We bought a bell type bird feeder that hasn't attracted any of the birds yet -- although there are many around the yard. I don't think they know it's there. But, today, one of our little chipmunks found it. Ron got a picture of the chipmunk munching on the bird seed from the bell with a bunny in the background.
By Amy, age 9 He threw with all his might, but the third stone came skipping back. Zack called his grampa. All of a sudden a goblin popped out of the lake and chased Annie, Zack’s sister. The goblin was green, hairy, fat, and only had one eye! The green hairy dude ate Annie. The goblin started speaking, “This does taste like chicken.” The goblin yelled and skiped back in the lake. The next day Zack and his grampa went to Annies funeral. It was Zack’s turn to look in the case that Annie was in. Zack saw her. She started blinking and breathing. Then she popped out of the case and hunted Zack. She was a ghost! She was no where to be found. She walk right through the door and never caught Zack. A couple more years had passed. Zack was 13 now. Zack missed his sister he was the only child. The next summer came; he went to his grampa’s cabin. This summer his grampa said, “let’s go fishing.” Zack answered, “I thought that we were going to skip stones. Oh, I forgot to tell you, I like to go fishing now!” said Grampa. “Of course I would go fishing with you but what about Annie,” said Zack Grampa replied, “Oh, forget about her!” Zack mumbled, “ok then let’s go.” Zack and his grampa walk to the lake. They finally got there. Zack and his grampa sat down and put a worm on the hook and waited….Zack caught something! He pulled the fishing pole up. And you guess it was ANNIE! She had long, dark, black hair in front of her face. Zack let go of the fishing pole and fan! Annie got out of the water and started chasing Zack. Zack yelled out, “Please don’t kill me,” and started praying Annie said two words, “Get up!” Annie said it again, “Get up!” Zack got up and asker her, “Why are you doing this to me?” Annie answered, “Well, cause you’re my brother and I wanted to do a pranck on you. Zack laugh and said, “Siriesly!” Annie smiled and mumbled, Uh yeah! Zach said, let’s go to the beanch and talk.” Annie laughed, “OK” Zack said, Ok then this was all a joke?” Annie said, “YES” Zack smiled, “You know it’s been boring without a sister?” Annie said, “yeah right!” Zack replied, “but how did you become a ghost?” Annie said, “Magic.” Zack laughed, “funny!” Zack took Annie by the hand and went to there grampa. Zack called his grampa and said, “look who I found?” Granpa replied, “your girlfriend” Zack laughed, “very funny” “Who then?” said grampa Zack replied, “My sister!” “Oh, Annie nice to see you again where were you?” grampa asked Annie chucked, “long story!” “Well, your parents are going to glad to see you!” smiled grampa “Here they are right now” said Zack “Mom, Dad! Guess who I found?” smiled Zack “Who, your girlfriend,” said mom Zack laugh, “Nice!” But no it’s Annie Oh, hi, hunny, I missed you so much! Annie smiled, “well, should we go home!” Zack laugh, “OK bye grampa.” Everyone said, “BYE” Annie’s parent drove them home. I mean “home” THE END!