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Sometimes, Some Time, and Sometime

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

By
Mignon Fogarty

 

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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About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.

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