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Sometime, Some time, and Sometimes

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Sometime, Some time, and Sometimes

The adverb sometime (one word) means "at an indefinite or unstated time in the future." The phrase some time (two words) means "a period of time." The adverb sometimes (one word) means "occasionally, now and then."

Examples:

  • "Why don't you come up sometime and see me?"
    (Mae West in She Done Him Wrong, 1933)

  • "You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it's a little thing, do something for others--something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it."
    (Albert Schweitzer)

  • "I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying."
    (Oscar Wilde)

Practice:

(a) "_____ a scream is better than a thesis." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

(b) "I've been trying for _____ to develop a lifestyle that doesn't require my presence." (Garry Trudeau)

(c) "If you want an interesting party _____, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone." (Robert Fulghum)

Answers to Practice Exercises

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