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Awhile/A While

Awhile is an adverb which means “for a while.” A while is two words, the article plus a noun, usually used after the preposition for. Examples: I thought awhile before I answered. I thought for a while before I answered.

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Persuade vs. Convince and Related Questions A person is convinced by evidence or argument made to the intellect. A person is persuaded by appeals made to the will, moral sense, or emotions. A person is convinced of a doctrine, belief, or duty. A person is convicted of a crime, sin, or personal wrongdoing. The noun

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Jealous means “apprehensive or vengeful out of fear of being replaced by someone else.” It can also mean “watchful,” “anxiously suspicious,” “zealous,” or “expecting complete devotion.” The last is normally applied to God. The noun form is jealousy; the adverb form, jealously. Envy means “to bear a grudge toward someone due to coveting what that

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Bad is an adjective. It describes nouns or pronouns. It is often used with descriptive linking verbs like look, feel, sound, or to be. Incorrect: She felt badly about missing the date. Correct: She felt bad about missing the date. (Bad describes the pronoun she.) Incorrect: Things looked badly for the Mudville nine. Correct: Things

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