0

This doubt have been bugging me for a while. Does the expression "there's a while" exists? The meaning of it would be something like "it have been happening for a few minutes" or "for some time" but a short time, examples:

  • 1 - There's a while he is staring at me. = He has been staring at me for a few minutes.

  • 2 - There's a while she's playing with the dog. = She has been playing with the dog for some time.

I searched everywhere, but couldn't find anything about it. I swear I saw/listened to it somewhere. Does anyone know anything about it?

1
  • 2
    No, it doesn't sound familiar. It's been a while is possible, or for a while.
    – Andrew
    Apr 23 '18 at 3:57
0

The phrase "there's a while" sounds wrong to me and I would not use it myself. Here's why:

The word "while" is used to reference an unspecified amount of time and that lack of specificity is the problem. A physical object, like a house, is specific ("there's a house"). Concepts and other intangible things can also be specific ("there's a reason"). The ambiguity of "while" suggests you cannot use it in the phrase "there is a...".

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .