Sometimes, Some Time, and Sometime

They mean different things. See examples and get the spelling right.

Mignon Fogarty,
December 12, 2011


Want to hate English while feeling dark and moody? Note that these mean different things:

  • sometime

  • some time

  • sometimes

As I'm writing this tip I have the Depeche Mode song "Sometimes" in my head.

"Sometimes" means "now and then" or "occasionally," so when they wrote the lyrics "Sometimes I question everything," they used it properly. Thank goodness! I'd hate my college memories to be tainted by a love of bad usage.

"Sometime" means "at some unspecified time": Let's get dinner and reminisce over Depeche Mode sometime.

"Some time" means "quite a while": I think I'll spend some time listening to that old Depeche Mode tape again.


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