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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This is from http://wsu.edu/~brians/errors/awhile.htm...

When “awhile” is spelled as a single word, it is an adverb meaning “for a time” (“stay awhile”); but when “while” is the object of a prepositional phrase, like “Lend me your monkey wrench for a while” the “while” must be separated from the “a.” (But if the preposition “for” were lacking in this sentence, “awhile” could be used in this way: “Lend me your monkey wrench awhile.”)

So the second sentence would be correct. =>
Awhile, go back to school.
Awhile thts what I always do
when in doubt, use a while
it's almost always a while

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