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Rule "VB a while (awhile)"

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Description: VB a while (awhile)
Message: Did you mean to use the adverb 'awhile' instead of the noun phrase 'a while'?
Category: Possible Typo (ID: TYPOS)
Link: https://languagetool.org/insights/post/word-choice-awhile-vs-a-while/
Incorrect sentences
that this rule can detect:
  • He was expected to forget a while after the fact.
    Correction suggestion: forget awhile
Correct sentences
for comparison:
  • He was expected to stay awhile.
  • It might be a while until Tom and Mary get here.
  • Can we rest a while?
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Check the following text against just this rule:

ID: VB_A_WHILE [1]
Version: 6.5-SNAPSHOT (2024-07-20 22:33:06 +0200)