Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

a while (back/ago)

a while agoa while back
Meaning(s)
1) some time ago/in the past
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • That happened a while ago/a while ago I went
  • Analysis
     When you refer to something 'a while back' or 'a while ago', it means something that happened a moderate amount of time ago in the past. "I told you that a while ago!" You will hear this phrase used often in social and professional situations to refer to events in the past.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. It's not that long since I saw my brother. It was just a while ago when we met for lunch.
    2. I finished my assignment a while back. So now I can relax.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    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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