The correct use of, ‘Some time’ and ‘Sometime’
Do you know when to use the word ‘some time’ and ‘sometime’?
The use of ‘sometime’ (one word) is used to mean an unidentified or unspecified time. Whereas, the words ‘some time’ (two words) is used to mean a certain period of time or specific time. For example,
- She took sometime to dress up. (x)
- John is going to his house some time in June. (x)
- She took some time to dress up. (a)
- John is going to his house sometime in June. (a)
The sentence No. 1 is wrong because, the dressing up was for a certain period of time or specific time.
The sentence No. 2 is also wrong because, John going to the house in June is not definite, as such the time is unidentified or unspecified time.
The sentence No. 3 is correct because, it shows the dressing up was done over a certain period of time.
The sentence No. 4 is also correct because, John is going to the house at an unspecified time.
Trust you will not have any more problems on the use of ‘some time’ and ‘sometime’!