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How significant is the word "For" in constructions like, "I was hoping we could talk (for) a while."

If we left out the "For" in constructing similar sentences, would that grammatically incorrect?

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Grammatically, both options are correct. However, "talk for a while" seems to be about 5 times more common than "talk a while", see this Ngram.

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    "For" when used to indicate time length can be dropped, especially in frequently used expressions as : We had to wait an hour. But there are cases where the drop of for can lead to ambiguity. – rogermue Mar 3 '16 at 17:35
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    "Talk a while" strikes me (British) as American. I would say "stay a while", and "wait a while", but I can't think of any other verbs where I would omit the "for". – Colin Fine Apr 2 '16 at 20:57

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