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for a while / for a long time When I use these words, for a while / for a long time, using perfect form is better? For example. I didn't study for a while / for a long time. I hadn't study for a while / for a long time. And, time of "for a long time" is longer than "for a while?"
Sep 30, 2012 3:55 AM
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October 2, 2012
Yes, "for a long time" has the nuance of occurring for a long period of time e.g. months, years etc. As for "for a while" means more over a period of maybe a few hours. The nuances in your examples are in the following: I didn't study for a while = I didn't study for a few hours I didn't study for a long time = I didn't study for months or years I hadn't studied for a while = I hadn't studied for a few hours I hadn't studied for a long time = I hadn't studied for months or years.
September 30, 2012
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English, Japanese
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