a while (back/ago)

Meaning(s)

1. some time ago/in the past

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That happened a while ago/a while ago I went

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 As a noun, a while refers to a period of time. When you say a while back or a while ago it means some time ago or at a time in the past.

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  1. It's not that long since I saw my brother. It was just a while ago when we met for lunch.
  2. finished my assignment a while back. So now I can relax.

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  1. I was talking to John about GDPR training, but that was a while ago. We should revisit that idea.
  2. My first job was with an Events Organization company, but that was a while ago - almost seven years now.

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