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Does the meaning of 'for a while' 'long time' or 'just a minute'?

In the Philippines, 'for a while' is widely known as 'just a minute,' 'just a second,' but an author of the mini book "Equipments, Pictorials and For a While (common mistakes made by Pinoys)" said that 'for a while' means long time. Is that true?

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    from my perspetive, its meaning varies from context to context, so when you choose the phrase, you should pay attention to the specific context, sometimes, it means just a moment, sometimes it means for a long time.therefore, context really counts~~~have a nice day~~~

    Yes, "for a while' means a long period of time. For example, I would say 'I will be gone for a while' or 'he has been gone for a while.' Technically, I think 'a while' just means any period of time, so that may be why it is used differently where you are from. It might also depend on the context, but I personally only ever use it to mean a long period of time.

    for awhile does not necessarily mean a super long period of time, nor does it mean a short period either. It's unclear how long of a time will pass/has passed.

    It can mean a long time, but for certain "for a while" means that the period of time is longer than "just a second" or "just a minute" especially if the "while" part of the phrase is emphasized. It can mean anything from longer than "just a minute" to a long time depending on context.

    "While" by definition is a period of intermediate length, that is usually short but longer than a minute.
    How long is a while precisely will depend on its description by adjectives as in ' a long while ago ' or ' a short while ago' .
    Important is that you understand that 'a short while' can't be 'just a minute', yet
    'A long while' is not ages as well; it is still defined inside the boundaries of an intermediate period. When someone is living in a place for years for example, you can't really describe it by ' he stayed there for a long while'.
    It could be rather used in the context of someone staying for few months in a place.

    'While' is also related to temporal or limited time spans marked by a certain action or condition.

    for a While== Space of time, or continued duration, esp. when short; a time; as, one while we thought him innocent.
    and long time ==gap between ur continuity it's like 1,2 ,3,4 or more hour ,for more time gap
    and just a minute=== it's very closely time between ur continuity very small time


    This seems to be a cultural perspective - for me, "for a while" means a longer-than usual length of time. So if you tell me that you'll be gone "for a while", I won't expect you back soon, and I'll go do something else.

    The only way I could think you would be back soon is if you say "I'll be gone for (only) a short while" - you actually have to say the "while" is short!

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