Hi teachers,

Could you please advise me on how to stress "sometime" and "some time"?


Some times does mean a number of specific times. For example: 10:00 Monday morning, 6:00 Friday evening, 1:00 Thursday afternoon. These are some times when I like to go for a walk.

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I'll let you know sometime in August.
Joe, do come over for tea sometime.
That will take some time, but it must happen eventually.
He spent some time there touring the city.
Sometimes I am sad.

I have been here a few times before.
I remember some times when I saw him laughing.
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A relevant question:

I know we use "sometimes" to mean 'once in while' or 'at times' and 'some time' refers to a certain amount of time. Can we, however, use 'sometime'? If yes, could you please state a few examples?


No, they have different meanings, Fariha.

Sometimes = occasionally
Sometime = at an unspecified time
Some time = an unspecified length of time
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Mister MicawberSometime = at an unspecified time

Oh I remember now!

e.g. I'll let you know sometime in the future.

Is that right?
Yes. And:

I need some time to finish this project.
Sometimes I hate working on projects.
Besides the stress question which is already answered, here is something to check out.

http://www.languagetrainers.co.uk/blog/2008/11/03/sometimes-its-some-times-but-itll-be-some-time-... /

Sometimes is an adverb, and should be used to mean ‘occasionally’ or ‘at times’, and can be used in any case where a frequency is neither never nor always.

I sometimes go to the gym on Wednesdays.
Sometimes I have tacos for dinner.

Some times should be used as a noun phrase, that is when using ‘time’ as a noun.

The doctor gave me some times when I could come in for an appointment.
There were some times last week when it rained really hard.
Sometime is used as an adverb, meaning ‘at an indefinite point in time’ (in the future or the past). It is also occasionally used as an adjective meaning ‘having been once’, or ‘occasional’.

We should meet for coffee sometime.
His flight arrives sometime next week.
He was away a lot, so could only be a sometime boyfriend.

Some time is used as a noun phrase, describing a period of time with no definite length.

It took some time to finish the project.
Some time ago, I went on holiday to Paris.

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Thanx MM.
Hi Mister Micawber,

Thank you very much. I understand now.


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