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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
I've been here _______.

Stay ______.

I slept ________.

Could you lend me your book for _______?

I slept for _______.

We talked for _______, while we waited for it to stop raining.

We waited ________ before we decided to leave.

Once in ________, I like to eat chicken with strawberry ice cream on top.

I haven't been to the dentist in _________. If you donate to EngVid, maybe I will be able to go next month.

Are you sure you can't stay _________?

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174 Comments on “A WHILE or AWHILE?”

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Thursday, March 7th 2013

    h r u and thanks , may you help me in learning gerund

    Tuesday, March 19th 2013

    I didn’ get it this one, I’m very confuse with a while and awhile James.

    Wednesday, August 7th 2013

hi everyone ^^ didn’t watch the video yet bt I m sure it s great as usual ^^ love your videos sir ^^

Thursday, March 7th 2013

Hi James. Thanks 9/10

Thursday, March 7th 2013

Great lesson,James.

Thursday, March 7th 2013

Thanks James !!!!

Thursday, March 7th 2013

simple lesson but very effective. thanx James

Thursday, March 7th 2013

I think this video is the shortest than all your video ,James isn’t it?! .But it is useful as usual best wishes for you and all other teachers from engvid ,please just keep up.

Thursday, March 7th 2013

you very like snakes. I don’t know but this lesson is very difficult for me. And I got 4/10 :-(

Thursday, March 7th 2013

    Thank you so much!

    Friday, March 8th 2013


Thursday, March 7th 2013

i like this lessons.

Thursday, March 7th 2013

OK ! I won’t do these kind of mistakes for a while but I will see the videos on engvid awhile.
Thanks for this short but useful video James.
I got 10 out of 10.

Thursday, March 7th 2013

    hi olivierdauphin could you please explain to me more, because I haven’t understood very well.
    thanks for you

    Tuesday, March 26th 2013

Thanks James! It’s a good one.
9/10 :)

Thursday, March 7th 2013

10/10 happy!!!

Thursday, March 7th 2013

yeah.. 10/10..

Thursday, March 7th 2013

hi, these lessons are helpfull for me. Thank you.

Friday, March 8th 2013

It was a difficult lesson for me, but I will try it again :)

Friday, March 8th 2013

It’s a great lesson

Friday, March 8th 2013

ummmm, I got it. (9/10) :)

Friday, March 8th 2013

Dude you are awesome, you know it.))

Friday, March 8th 2013

As always, you are amazing teacher (I adore your lessons). And I know that you know this too (not “so” ;))) – I remember one of your last lessons).
I have a couple ideas (topics) for your (or for one of your colleagues from EngVid) next lessons:
1. what’s the difference between “a lot of” and “lots of” (are they always the same?).
2. I always wanted to understand “be to” in comparison with “have to” and “must”. The dictionary doesn’t have clear explanation so (not “too”!!! – i still remember that) you could make a great lesson on this topic (I’m sure about it).
Anyway, thanks a lot (neither “a lot of” nor “lots of” – I’m sure about this, but I don’t now why (yet!) and I hope that one of the next lessons will explain that). Best wishes and good luck!

Friday, March 8th 2013


Friday, March 8th 2013


Friday, March 8th 2013

Thanks a lot, James !

Friday, March 8th 2013

Thanks James :)
I’ve subcribed your channel awhile

Friday, March 8th 2013

You are so handsome. :D

Friday, March 8th 2013

Got 8 out of 10 , its useful thanks ^

Friday, March 8th 2013

Hello James,
I made two mistakes in the quiz. The use of “in” instead of “for” before “a while” was a well-designed trick. Keep up the good work, man.

Friday, March 8th 2013

useful …as always :) thank u

Friday, March 8th 2013

it was the first time I got 100

Friday, March 8th 2013

Hello James,
I made two mistakes in the quiz. The use of “in” instead of “for” before “a while” wasn’t well explained in your video, I think. Anyway, good work, man.

Friday, March 8th 2013

    Hi, santi41, so do it too, a curious coincidence. Regards.

    Monday, May 1st 2017

thank u

Friday, March 8th 2013

7/10 … I like the way you teach, James.

Friday, March 8th 2013

Hi James
Wait awhile while I check your lesson again

Friday, March 8th 2013

Hi James,
Do you plady ‘Polo’? ;o)
Take care.

Friday, March 8th 2013

thank you teacher for this usefull lession. Wish you healthy and happy!

Friday, March 8th 2013

thank you teacher for this useful lesson. Wish you healthy and happy!

Friday, March 8th 2013

Good lesson

Friday, March 8th 2013

u said that “a while must have “for” inside it so why is this sentence correct “once in a while…”??

Friday, March 8th 2013

Thanks James. very good lesson!!!

Friday, March 8th 2013


Friday, March 8th 2013

Loved It :)

Friday, March 8th 2013

10/10 your an excellent teacher

Friday, March 8th 2013

100% like always !! thank you very much for teaching us :))

Friday, March 8th 2013

Thank you much James
You’re a very good teacher and you guys of EngVid are very good team

Friday, March 8th 2013

thaks for the video

Friday, March 8th 2013

7/10….need to improve my grammar :(

Friday, March 8th 2013

I’ve done the lessons several times, but keep missing one or to….yikes!!!

Friday, March 8th 2013

I like the lesson especially the test right after. Now how do we follow up on our mistakes? I like this learning style. Thumbs up for sure.

Friday, March 8th 2013

great job James , you are the one I was searching for a long time
Thanks for everything!

Saturday, March 9th 2013

I don’t know how to express my Happiness while being with you guys!

Saturday, March 9th 2013

teacher, in this quiz, i got 9/10.
may i make sure the difference between
“a while” and “awhile”?
Are they same meaning: for time?
and “a while” is a noun
“awhile” is a verb, right?

Saturday, March 9th 2013

    A while and awhile have the same meaning. A while is a noun and awhile is an adverb, its simple. For example: I slept for a while or I slept awhile = its the same meaning. Hope this helps U.

    Saturday, March 9th 2013

I can’t follow you, sorry

Saturday, March 9th 2013

Nice Lesson.
I got 9/10

Saturday, March 9th 2013

a while is to be used for a period of time whereas awhile is to be used for a short period of time as in this exp we chatted for a while, stand here awhile ..! :)..

Saturday, March 9th 2013

    good comparison, short for awhile and not so short for a while, easy to remember. Thanks…

    Monday, May 1st 2017

Good lesson! Now I know the difference. Thank you James!

Saturday, March 9th 2013

Thankx… Fantastic 10\10

Saturday, March 9th 2013

WoW … I really liked the idea of smacking the article A with while hahaha

Saturday, March 9th 2013

قووووووووووووووووووووود i like this

Sunday, March 10th 2013

James, Wonderful lesson.Thank you!

Sunday, March 10th 2013

Great lesson, it was a piece of cake!

Sunday, March 10th 2013


Sunday, March 10th 2013

I need to improve my grammar (urgent) (Hell no!)

Sunday, March 10th 2013

I tried To answer Those Questions above Bùt I got just 4/10 :p Cùz I didn’t saw That video , so I ‘ll take a look Then I’ll try to repeat ansewring Those questions again ! I can Do it :D ! Yes I can =)

Sunday, March 10th 2013

thanks u vry much great lessn

Sunday, March 10th 2013

Thanks a lot, James

Monday, March 11th 2013

you’re so funny. i like it.

Monday, March 11th 2013

It was very useful. Thank you!

Monday, March 11th 2013

great ,thanks.

Monday, March 11th 2013

thanks teacher! this lesson is very useful.

Monday, March 11th 2013

The simplest advice is to recognize that the adverb awhile means ‘for a short time’, and then attempt to plug in the phrase “for a short time” in place of the questionable form. If that does not work, use a while: “We’ll be there in for a short time”? No, so it has to be We’ll be there in a while. “For a short time ago”? No, so it has to be A while ago. “We drove for a short time”? Yes, so it can be We drove awhile, and even though “a while” is possible here, the usual tendency is to use the adverb. This can helps U guys!

Tuesday, March 12th 2013

great lesson!!

Tuesday, March 12th 2013

I have scored 10 out of 10. Funny enough :)

Wednesday, March 13th 2013


Saturday, March 16th 2013

I really like your lessons, but sometimes I can´t see very well what you wrote in the board. This is the case. Thanks.

Saturday, March 16th 2013

Thank you sooo much !!

Saturday, March 16th 2013

thank you sir’

it is helpful lesson.

i got 6/10.

i will be good

Sunday, March 17th 2013

Thanks a lot james, very informative lesson, now i know somethinhg new about English..thanks again

Monday, March 18th 2013

I haven’t thanked to James awhile. So I will be here for a while to thank him indeed.

Tuesday, March 19th 2013

i got 10/10 …Thank u

Friday, March 22nd 2013

i scored 10 out of 10.Thanks for the lesson.

Saturday, March 23rd 2013

hi sir james, can you please give us another examples of a while and awhile… i still cant understend…

Saturday, March 23rd 2013

hi james and every one I’m telling you the truth I have’nt understood the lesson very well and I still don’t know the different between awhile and a while

Tuesday, March 26th 2013

i dont’ understand James !! help with another examples

Tuesday, March 26th 2013

    you don’t understand James in general or just THIS lesson?

    Friday, April 26th 2013

      its non of your business why are you even asking ,dont try to be smart

      Thursday, April 24th 2014

thank you James I really like your lessons ^_^

Wednesday, March 27th 2013

you are very funny i like your lessons

Wednesday, March 27th 2013

Thanks 10/10 not bad,ha.

Friday, March 29th 2013

i want you to make a lesson about the verb when he followed by up..cause any verb had meaning but when it followed by up completely the meaning will be changed or increased..
example (wake)not like(wake up)not like(wake them up)..and get not like get up not like get them up..so i really want you to explain this point..thanks

Tuesday, April 16th 2013

Hi, James. You explain very clearly. Good job!

Thursday, April 25th 2013

I love the way you make it so simple…

Friday, April 26th 2013

thanks James

Saturday, April 27th 2013

wowwww i got 80% thankssssss

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

It’s easy, Thank James!

Thursday, May 23rd 2013

Hey Black man; you are doing more acting than teaching. You should change your teaching style. We don’t need your style we want proper English lesson.

Friday, May 24th 2013

    I have approved your comment so that other people can laugh at you.

    I have some advice for you. If you don’t like the teacher’s videos, don’t watch them.

    Saturday, May 25th 2013

      the teacher is amazing I like him the most , keep up James we like your way :)

      Sunday, June 30th 2013

I got 80 too.I miss in question 8 and 9.

Saturday, May 25th 2013

Why should people laugh at me? I maintained here a reality matter. Don’t take it negative be positive. If I am wrong please forgive me once. Thank you.

Sunday, May 26th 2013

    Look Mr. Bajra, rather than criticism and lecturing on positivity, tell us about your achievements!!! This man you had criticised has introduced 118 lessons until now FOR FREE.
    Can you simply answer, what have you done for humanity?!? Be brave to answer please.

    Saturday, August 10th 2013

I got 6/10 is that good??
+ thx for the lesson. u r awseme!!

Saturday, June 8th 2013

Total confusion..

Wednesday, June 12th 2013

Thanks James! I got 8/10. I just misunderstanding a little bit. Now I’m okay.

Thursday, June 13th 2013

10 out of 10! Thank you, James!!!

Saturday, June 15th 2013

please can I ask a question :
please, which is correct to say “Amr is a friend to Alex” or when i say ” Amr is a friend of Alex”
thank you :)

Saturday, June 22nd 2013

70 percent not bad Thanks James

Sunday, June 23rd 2013

Very clear and easy to understand. Your ability for becoming something dificult in easy is incredible. Thanks a lot for your passion.

Tuesday, June 25th 2013

7/10 Not easy for my :( I need more class about awhile and a while.

Saturday, June 29th 2013

thank you it was new information

Sunday, June 30th 2013

so, if I’ve really understood, “A While” it’s used to time periods that we can count, and “Awhile” it’s for time periods that we can’t count, right?

Wednesday, July 10th 2013

Hi James.
I got 5/10. I watched the video for the second time but I didn’t get to do the quiz again. What happened?

Friday, July 26th 2013

7/10 This lesson was quite difficult for me to understand((
Anyway, James thanks a lot you’re the great teacher))

Saturday, August 10th 2013

it is so easy just focus on them :) thank you james..

Saturday, August 17th 2013

James distinct explained the difference between “a while”(noun) and “awhile”(abj).
Very thanks.

Wednesday, August 21st 2013

Dear James, how are you, I am really happy to join ur classes through Internet, I was ur student at Hansa in Toronto ^_^, any way my question is why we say this will take a while not awhile ?? another thing is we waited awhile why not for a while, please explain, I am confused, thanks

Wednesday, September 18th 2013

i got 6 it was pretty difficult

James thanks a lot you’re the great teacher))

Tuesday, October 1st 2013

i like u jame! thanks

Wednesday, October 2nd 2013

I have never thought I don’t understand such things before. It would better I have not watched that, but, Man, u really a great teacher – respect

Sunday, October 13th 2013

I got 10!! Your video is awesome! I love them!!

Sunday, December 1st 2013

thank you

Monday, December 2nd 2013

Hello James, For your lesson. I can use “in” or “for” before a while. Is it right? Thanks for your useful lesson.

Monday, December 2nd 2013

I cannot understand this lesson as appears in my ranking. I got 30%.

Wednesday, January 1st 2014

    i know right

    Thursday, April 24th 2014

Very important lesson

Sunday, January 5th 2014


Thursday, January 30th 2014

Best lesson yet!!!!

Wednesday, February 26th 2014

it was the first time I got 60 :(

Friday, March 7th 2014

very useful

Tuesday, April 8th 2014

it was difficult for me.

Thursday, April 10th 2014


Sunday, April 13th 2014

Thank you James! I’ve been hoping for a video like this quite awhile.

Saturday, April 19th 2014

Because of the existing of “a” article, I’m just wondering whether “a while” can be countable or not.

Thursday, April 24th 2014

By the way, thanks James for the vid.

Thursday, April 24th 2014

sorry James but i didn’t really understand :o

Thursday, April 24th 2014

    but i still think you are still the best teacher in engvid

    Thursday, April 24th 2014

not clear.

Saturday, May 17th 2014

Thanks loads!

Saturday, May 24th 2014

Sorry it was not good at all sorry again your english not well enough

Thursday, June 5th 2014

woah..10/10 :)
Thanx James..useful lesson..:):)

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014

Hi James. Not exactly bad;( with my score. But by the way a million thanks for this. Happy day to all teachers and members of this engvid. More power!

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014

9/10. But that was very helpful.

Saturday, July 19th 2014

why Q7..is awhile?
we want a while = we want a time ….
“want” is following with a”Noun”
awhile is adverb!..means describes an action..where’s an action in “we want”?
THnx for u james,,i like ur way which u ues in teaching ..☺

Friday, July 25th 2014

Your lesson is very useful for us. Thanks a lot!

Tuesday, July 29th 2014

Lets’ say ok 80 %. Thanks James.

Thursday, August 7th 2014


Friday, August 8th 2014

I did very well but i made 2 mistakes

in ( In a while ) Ahhhhhhhhh soo sad i got 8/10

anyway thanks a lot

Sunday, January 25th 2015

i failed! i only gotonly 60 percent.

Saturday, January 31st 2015

Cool and useful lesson. After first 2 questions in quiz I thought that I didn’t understand anything, but I got 10 out of 10. Great! Thanks James!

Monday, March 9th 2015

I’ve looked for this a while!

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015

Perfect presentation!!! by James .. .

Monday, September 14th 2015

Hello…Thank you Mr.James… I do understand the lesson but I do not know how to use it in questions .. I got 5/10.. would you help me?

Friday, October 30th 2015

Thanks, James.

I’ve been looking for your lesson on punctuation
but I never seem to find it. Have you deleted it?

Monday, November 16th 2015

I’m still confuse…..

Sunday, January 17th 2016

Omg!! This lesson it was the hardest one to me. It took a while to get how to do quiz.

Thursday, August 25th 2016

Thank you sir.

Friday, November 11th 2016

great !James ,but and i got 7out of 10

Friday, November 25th 2016

Oop! my fault! “in a while”! for a while, they are noun phrase! I understood James, however, I looked at several sites about this contrast. Everyone talks in the same way, with different expressions, but I found someone who explains clearly. If anyone needs it, they can find it on “Grammarist.com”(Awhile vs. a while). Have a good weekend.

Saturday, April 1st 2017

Thanks to baset who explains a little more the difference in the quantity of time, short time with “awhile” and not so short with “a while”, then it’s possible to have a clue when you hear this expression, therefore the difference between a noun and an adverb, I have doubted in the first question but now I can understand it better than before. It’s the first time that I find these expressions after a lot of time studying English, and so I have also found santi41, a curious coincidence, the world isn’t enough big to lose in it. Thanks a lot, teacher James, a short but important question to learn, very good performance as always.

Monday, May 1st 2017

I spent awhile until i finished the quiz i got 90%

Tuesday, June 6th 2017

I got 7, but honestly I didn’t quite get the lesson 😣

Thursday, March 1st 2018

You got 8 correct out of 10.


Wednesday, June 6th 2018

Thanks James! You made me think!

Saturday, June 23rd 2018

Thanks for this lesson,It’s really helpful. Now I know the difference between ” a while and awhile ” and their usage.

Saturday, July 14th 2018

I got 4-10 correct

Wednesday, August 29th 2018


Wednesday, August 29th 2018

Thanks for this lesson.

Tuesday, November 20th 2018

Thank you sir, 10/10

Monday, July 13th 2020

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