A While or Awhile? which one is grammatically correct?

Question:It has been A WHILE since I last heard from you OR
It has been AWHILE since I last heard from you.

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Answers:
when in doubt, use a while
it's almost always a while
awhile is an adverb
I though awhile about my problems.

A while is the object of a preposition usually following.. for
Lend me your cd player for a while

Lend me your cd player awhile.

Thus...It has been awhile since I last heard from you.

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